Environment & Policy

Wheat Marketing in Transition

The Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board

Authors: Botterill, Linda Courtenay

  • A comprehensive account, in unprecedented detail, of the privatisation of the Australian Wheat Board and its consequences
  • Explains the development and demise of an institution with dangerous structural fault lines
  • Tells the story of wheat marketing in Australia over six decades, providing important lessons for other nations such as Canada
  • Contextual historical analysis of AWB Limited’s involvement in the Oil for Food scandal
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About this book

This detailed account tells the background story of a privatised monopoly whose sharp practices embroiled a national government in scandal and shocked a nation that prides itself on the strength of its institutions. AWB Limited, the former Australian Wheat Board that in the 1990s was sold into the private sector, paid more than $US200m in kickbacks to the pariah regime of Saddam Hussein in Iraq, exploiting the provisions of the United Nations’ Oil for Food program by inflating the price of the wheat it sent there to disguise the pay-offs that secured the contracts. The ensuing uproar threatened the careers of key cabinet ministers in the Howard government and contributed to the rise and subsequent election victory of the Australian Labor Party’s Kevin Rudd.

About the authors

Linda Courtenay Botterill is Professor in Australian Public Policy at the University of Canberra, Australia.  Her field of expertise is Australian politics and public policy with a focus on rural policy and politics. Professor Botterill’s work in this area builds on nearly fifteen years as a public policy practitioner in the Australian Public Service, as a policy officer in two industry associations and as an adviser in the Office of the Minister for Primary Industries and Energy. Her work is focused on the policy development process with a particular interest in the role of values in the policy process and how these values become embodied in institutional structures.

Table of contents (8 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Botterill, Linda Courtenay

    Pages 1-19

  • Australian Wheat Industry Policy in Context

    Botterill, Linda Courtenay

    Pages 21-32

  • The Birth of Collective Wheat Marketing

    Botterill, Linda Courtenay

    Pages 33-50

  • From Orderly Marketing to Deregulation 1948–1988

    Botterill, Linda Courtenay

    Pages 51-66

  • From Domestic Deregulation to Privatisation

    Botterill, Linda Courtenay

    Pages 67-89

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eBook $159.00
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $209.00
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  • ISBN 978-94-007-9340-8
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Wheat Marketing in Transition
Book Subtitle
The Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board
Authors
Series Title
Environment & Policy
Series Volume
53
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-94-007-2804-2
DOI
10.1007/978-94-007-2804-2
Hardcover ISBN
978-94-007-2803-5
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-9340-8
Series ISSN
1383-5130
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 148
Topics