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John Button Prize 2013 longlist announced

The longlist for the 2013 John Button Prize for writing on Australian politics and policy has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

  • The New Leviathan: A National Disability Insurance Scheme (Andrew Baker, Centre for Independent Studies)
  • Mine-field: The Dark Side of Australia’s Resources Rush (Paul Cleary, Black Inc.)
  • Reluctant Rescuers: An exploration of the Australian border protection system’s safety record in detecting and intercepting asylum-seeker boats, 1998-2011 (Tony Kevin, self-published)
  • Quarterly Essay 48, After the Future: Australia’s New Extinction Crisis (Tim Flannery, Black Inc.)
  • 7 Myths about Women and Work (Catherine Fox, NewSouth)
  • Quarterly Essay 49, Not Dead Yet: Labor’s Post-Left Future (Mark Latham, Black Inc.)
  • Tales from the Political Trenches (Maxine McKew, MUP)
  • Quarterly Essay 47, Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott (David Marr, Black Inc.)
  • Don’t Go Back to Where You Came From: Why Multiculturalism Works (Tim Soutphommasane, NewSouth)
  • Money Shot: A Journey into Porn and Censorship (Jeff Sparrow, Scribe)
  • Quarterly Essay 46, Great Expectations: Government, Entitlement and an Angry Nation (Laura Tingle, Black Inc.).


The winner of the $20,000 prize will be announced during the Melbourne Writers Festival in August.

The John Button Prize is awarded annually to ‘the best piece of thinking and writing on a subject of public policy’. Last year’s prize was awarded to Andrew Charlton’s Quarterly Essay 44, Man-Made World: Choosing between Progress and Planet (Black Inc.).

For more information on the award, click here.



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