Quentin Beresford on Rogue Corporations

Crown Resorts, the Bond Group, James Hardie, HIH Insurance, Geoffrey Edelsten’s Allied Medical Group, 7-Eleven, and Rio Tinto, the list goes on…

Australia has suffered from a continual sting of business scandals. Ever since corporate cowboys like Alan Bond and Christopher Skase wrought so much damage during the 1980s. Since then, hundreds of thousands of Australians have been affected. With many left traumatised when corporations collapse due to gross mismanagement and profits being put before people.

Award-winning author Quentin Beresford takes us inside corporate Australia’s highest-profile scandals and the factors that drive them. Including the rise of celebrity CEOs, timid regulators, inept boards, the murky links between big business, governments, banks, media and lobby groups. Quentin explores a path towards higher ethical standards from organisations. It’s a wild ride into the heart of corporate Australia.

In this episode Gregory Dobbs chats to Quentin Beresford about the continuous string of corporate scandals that has plagued Australia over the last forty years, the gallery of rogues who have been at the helm of these scandals, and the scourge of crony capitalism and the lack of regulation that has allowed these scandals to proliferate.

 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Quentin Beresford is an Adjunct Professor at Sunshine Coast University. He is the author of The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd, Adani and the War over Coal and Wounded Country (winner of the 2022 Queensland Premier’s Award for a work of state significance). His most recent novel is Rogue Corporations. All Beresford’s titles have been published by NewSouth.

Read an extract of Rogue Corporations

Author: Quentin Beresford

Category: Society & social sciences

Book Format: Paperback / softback

Publisher: NewSouth

ISBN: 978181742237589

RRP: $34.99

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