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Lowy authors shortlisted for major prize


Sam Roggeveen


2 August 2011 18:47

This arrived in my inbox yesterday from the John Button Foundation

Lowy Institute's executive director, Michael Wesley, and visiting fellow, Hugh White, are both on the shortlist of this year's $20,000 John Button Prize for writing on public policy and ideas for Australia's future. 

Michael was selected for his book, There Goes The Neighbourhood: Australia and the Rise of Asia (New South Press), and Hugh for his Quarterly Essay, Power Shift: Australia's Future Between Washington and Beijing.

The other two contenders are journalist George Megalogenis for his Quarterly Essay, Trivial Pursuit: Leadership and the End of the Reform Era, and a speech by Gary Banks, chairman of the Productivity Commission, entitled Successful Reform: Past Lessons, Future Challenges. 

The judges of the Prize, created in memory of the late Industry Minister and Victorian Senator, John Button, said the four shortlisted works all challenged the growing complacency in Australia's political culture and the struggle to produce substantial reform in the long-term interests of the nation.

The winner will be announced on August 27, at the Melbourne Writers Festival's John Button Oration, to be given this year by former High Court judge, Michael Kirby.

Best of luck to Michael and Hugh, though congratulations are also in order for Black Inc, publishers of the Quarterly Essay, which is becoming an increasingly vital part of the national conversation.