Ashurst Business Literature Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2012 Ashurst Business Literature Prize has been announced. Each year the award recognises the best literary commentary on Australian business and financial affairs published the previous year.

The 2012 shortlist is:


Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resource Rush

Paul Cleary

A ground-breaking piece of reporting, Mine-field plots the dubious networks created and greased by mining companies to get their projects through and exposes regulatory gaps that must be addressed to avoid an enormous and irreversible cost on society and the environment.

7 Myths About Women and Work

7 Myths about Women and Work

Catherine Fox

Being a woman, raising children, succeeding in a leadership role and living a full life remains a tall order in modern Australia. Being a woman on a board, running an ASX top listed company, or running a government department remains an exception rather than the norm. Despite the progress made towards a fairer workplace, in the discussion about the lack of women on boards or the size of the gap between men and women’s pay, tired excuses are recycled. Catherine Fox labels these the seven myths about women and work.

The Sweet Spot The Sweet Spot: How Australia made its own luck

Peter Hartcher

Australians now officially have the best living conditions in the world. Our country is both fair and free – and the only developed nation to have avoided a recession in the past twenty years. So how did it happen and why don’t we care?

The House of Hancock

House of Hancock: The Rise and Rise of Gina Rinehart

Debi Marshall

From an early age Gina Rinehart knew she was heir to one of Australia’s largest fortunes. Her father, Lang Hancock, loved her dearly and groomed her to take over the company. Then along came Rose, the Filipina housekeeper Lang married in 1985, and the obsessively private House of Hancock was changed forever.

Icon In Crisis Icon in Crisis: The Reinvention of CSIRO

Ron Sandland and Graham Thompson

In 2001, CSIROs future looked shaky. The Australian government had announced a big increase in public funding for science, but had left the iconic national research agency out when it came to distributing the cash. Facing the threat of funding cuts and loss of reputation, CSIRO set about reinventing itself through what became known as its National Flagship Initiative.This the story of that program, told by Ron Sandland who led the initiative and Graham Thompson who designed its systems and processes.

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