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Breaking the Sheep's Back: The Shocking True Story of the Decline and Fall of the Australian Wool Industry

By: Charles Massy

University of Queensland Press

Paperback | Aug 2011 | #194195 | ISBN-13: 9780702238857
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The $10 billion collapse of the wool industry is considered one of Australia's biggest business disasters, and for the first time, the shocking true story behind this colossal collapse is revealed. Spanning 170 years from the birth of the industry in 1840 and its boom during the 1950s through its unraveling from 1980 to 1991, this is a searing account of greed, political corruption, and heavy-handed protectionism. As it uncovers the never-before-seen archival sources, government and board papers, and private correspondence and shares exclusive interviews with key whistle blowers, this narrative unveils the gripping true story of government corruption in a seemingly untouchable industry.

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Charles Massy is the founder of the leading merino stud Severn Park and is recognized as an innovator in marketing and merino genetics. He is the author of "The Australian Merino" and of several articles on the wool industry, merino and wool history, and the environment. He has also held positions on the boards of the Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organization and the International Wool Secretariat.

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