The 2012 John Button Prize

Congratulations to Andrew Charlton, whose Quarterly Essay 44, Man-Made World: Choosing Between Progress and Planet has won the 2012 John Button Prize for writing on policy and politics.

Announced as part of the Melbourne Writers Festival, the judges said of Charlton’s essay that, “Every Australian over the age of fifteen should read it, then we could start the climate change debate afresh and with a much larger perspective.” Charlton receives a cash prize of $20,000 for his “‘dispassionate, reasoned and original analysis.”

 Other titles shortlisted for the John Button Prize included:

 Quarterly Essay 45, Us and Them: On the Importance of Animals

Anna Krien

From pets to food, from wildness to science experiments, Anna Krien investigates the contemporary animal kingdom and our place in it.



The Australian Moment: How We Were Made for These Times 

George Megalogenis

Detailing our nation’s remarkable transformation since the ’70s, The Australian Moment demands we reconsider what we have achieved and our place in the global economy, and how we might purposefully approach the future.



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