Quentin Beresford in conversation with Jack Waterford


Quentin Beresford will be in conversation with Jack Waterford on Quentin's new book Adani and the War Over Coal, a book which examines the pivotal role of the Adani Carmichael mine and the conflict over coal in Australia. Beresford reveals the insidious power and influence of the fossil fuel lobby at all levels of government, which makes democracy the loser.

Quentin Beresford documents the social, environmental and economic elements of the Adani coalmine, Australia's largest and the world's second-largest proposed coalmine. His book tells the full story of one of the lightning rod issues of our time. We see the rise of a fossil fuel power network linking mining companies, mining oligarchs, the big four banks, right-wing think tanks, lobby groups, the conservative media and all sides of Australian politics. On the other side, we have one of the biggest social movements ever seen in Australia in the form of #StopAdani uniting to try to save the Great Barrier Reef, native title rights and to fight the corrupt politics of coal.

Quentin Beresford, who gained his Ph.D. from ANU, is Professor of Politics and Public Policy at Edith Cowan University. Prior to this position, he was a senior policy officer in the Western Australian Office of the Department of Premier and Cabinet. His books include Rites of Passage: Aboriginal Youth Crime and Justice (1996); Our State of Mind: Racial Planning and the Stolen Generations (1998), the prize-winning Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader's Quest for Justice (2006) and The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd, which won the Tasmanian Premier's Literary Prizes in 2015.

Jack Waterford AM, an ANU graduate, is the former Editor of the Canberra Times, where he worked for 43 years and still contributes a regular column. Jack was named Canberra Citizen of the Year in 2007.

Ben Phillips will deliver the vote of thanks. Ben is an Associate Professor at the ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods. Ben has over 20 years experience as an economic and social policy researcher in academia, government and industry. Ben heads up the Centre's tax and welfare modelling team and is a regular contributor to academic and public debate in these areas.

Pre-event book signing will be available from 5.30pm and again after the event.This event is in association with Dymocks Canberra and books will be available to purchase.