By Rick Morton
Money makes the world go round, but does it make us happy?
Money is one of the most fraught subjects; it raises powerful emotions in all of us. Too much money often corrupts people – too little can make people feel desperate.
Growing up in rural Queensland, journalist Rick Morton has known poverty from the inside. Now he isn’t poor, but his spending habits and attitude to money are still informed by growing up without it. In On Money, Morton examines the meaning of money and exposes the lie behind the government’s mantra: have a go, get a go.
“Pithy and emotionally raw, this essay throws down the gauntlet to our politicians and powerbrokers.” – Sydney Morning Herald
Rick Morton has been a journalist and writer for over 14 years. His first book, One Hundred Years of Dirt, was shortlisted for the 2019 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the 2019 National Biography Award, longlisted for the 2018 Walkley Book of the Year, and longlisted for both Biography of the Year and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year at the 2019 ABIA Awards. Rick is the winner of the 2013 Kennedy Award for Young Journalist of the Year and the 2017 Kennedy Award for Outstanding Columnist. In 2019, Rick left The Australian where he worked as the social affairs writer with a particular focus on social policy and is now a Senior Reporter for The Saturday Paper.