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The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd - Dr. Quentin Beresford

Paperback Published: 2nd February 2015
ISBN: 9781742234199
Number Of Pages: 448

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At its peak, Gunns Ltd had a market value of $1 billion, was listed on the ASX 200, was the largest employer in the state of Tasmania and its largest private landowner. Most of its profits came from woodchipping, mainly from clear-felled old-growth forests. A pulp mill was central to its expansion plans. Its collapse in 2012 was a major national news story, as was the arrest of its CEO for insider trading.

Quentin Beresford illuminates for the first time the dark corners of the Gunns empire. He shows it was built on close relationships with state and federal governments, political donations and use of the law to intimidate and silence its critics. Gunns may have been single-minded in its pursuit of a pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley, but it was embedded in an anti-democratic and corrupt system of power supported by both main parties, business and unions. Simmering opposition to Gunns and all it stood for ramped up into an environmental campaign not seen since the Franklin Dam protests.

Fearless and forensic in its analysis, the book shows that Tasmania’s decades-long quest to industrialise nature fails every time. But the collapse of Gunns is the most telling of them all.

About the Author

Dr. Quentin Beresford has had a diverse career in teaching, the public service and journalism. He has lectured in politics and public policy at Edith Cowan University since 1993. Before taking up his teaching position, Dr Beresford was a senior policy officer in the Western Australian office of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. As the former editor of Youth Studies he has had long-standing interests in youth policy and juvenile crime. Dr Beresford is the author of several books and a number of journal articles dealing with diverse aspects of social policy and electoral politics.

Industry Reviews

'This is a tale that needed telling. It is an important case history in environmental campaigning and a must-read for anyone interested in fairness and transparency in government.' - Geoffrey Cousins AM, businessman and president of the Australian Conservation Foundation

ISBN: 9781742234199
ISBN-10: 1742234194
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 448
Published: 2nd February 2015
Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.59

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