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The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd 

Quentin Beresford (author)

ISBN: 9781742234199

Publication Date: Mar 2015

Format: Paperback

The story of Tasmania’s most controversial forestry giant, the corruption that gave it power and the forces that brought it down. Gunns’ 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 and how it was embedded in an anti-democratic and corrupt system of power.
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The story of Tasmania’s most controversial forestry giant, the corruption that gave it power and the forces that brought it down.

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 was its largest private landowner. Most of its profits came from woodchipping, mainly from clear-felled old-growth forests. A pulp mill in Tasmania’s Tamar Valley was central to its expansion plans. Gunns’ 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 and how 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.
Pages 448
Dimensions 234 x 153
Date Published 30 Mar 2015
Publisher NewSouth Publishing
Subject/s Politics & Government   Environment   Forestry & related industries   Environmental economics   Australasian & Pacific history  
Quentin Beresford is the author or co-author of numerous books on Australian politics and public policy, including Rob Riley: The Life of an Aboriginal Leader and The Godfather: The life of Brian Burke. Quentin is professor of politics at Edith Cowan University, Australia where he has taught for more than 20 years. Born and educated in Tasmania, he was a journalist on Hobart’s The Mercury in the early to mid-1980s.

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