Linda Botterill


Timing is everything: the privatisation of the Australian Wheat Board and the Oil For Food program

Linda Botterill considers the outcome of the Cole Inquiry into the AWB Ltd's alleged bribery in Iraq. The problem was not so much one of government culpability, she argues, but shortcomings in the way in which the original privatisation of the wheat exporting institutions were...
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Responding to Farm Poverty in Australia

In May 2005, the Commonwealth announced changes to the eligibility criteria for a number of farm welfare payments which have resulted in farmers receiving such payments on more generous terms than other disadvantaged groups in the community. The changes passed largely unremarked by the media...

COAG and the limits of parliamentary scrutiny

Linda Botterill examines the role of Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in the wake of the controversy over ACT Chief Minister Jon Stanhope's publication of the draft Anti-Terrorism Bill. She shows how the issue is a symptom of the way in which decision-making is becoming...

Balancing values in the agricultural policy process

Since the introduction of agriculture into the international trade debate in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations, there has been increased focus on the nature of agricultural support policies in the developed countries.This paper proposes a means for identifying the nature of the balance...

Developing equitable and affordable government responses to drought in Australia

Under the National Drought Policy, created in 1992, federal government support for farmers comes predominantly in two forms: interest rate subsidies and a special welfare payment. Support under these programs is only available to farmers in defined areas which have been declared to be experiencing...