The Coal Truth/Adani, Following its Dirty Footsteps: A Personal Story/Adani and the War Over Coal

Coal: Adani Stories

Lindsay Simpson + Dr Quentin Beresford

Queensland Terrace, State Library of Queensland

Culture/Social Equity / Environment / Politics



#About the event


Lindsay Simpson

Lindsay Simpson

Dr Lindsay Simpson is the author and co-author of 11 books. Six of her books are in the true crime genre, the most recent Where is Daniel? about the disappearance of schoolboy Daniel Morcombe written with Bruce and Denise Morcombe.  Brothers in Arms, co-authored with Sandra Harvey, was one of the first true crime books released in Australia and was made into a six-part mini series Bikie Wars released in 2012.  

Lindsay was an investigative journalist with The Sydney Morning Herald for 12 years and an academic for 13 years.  She now runs a sailing business in the Whitsundays and rejected a Bronze Tourism Award bestowed on the business because it was sponsored by Adani.

Her book Adani, Following Its Dirty Footsteps: A Personal Story (Spinifex Press) will be released in September 2018.

Dr Quentin Beresford

Dr Quentin Beresford

Dr Quentin Beresford has had a diverse career in teaching, the public service and journalism. He is the author of several books including Rites of Passage: Aboriginal Youth Crime and Justice   (1996); Our State of Mind: Racial Planning and the Stolen Generations (1998), which won the Western Australian Premier’s non-fiction prize; the multi-award winning biography of Aboriginal leader Rob Riley, Rob Riley: An Aboriginal Leader’s Quest for Justice (2006); The Godfather: The Life of Brian Burke(2008); and The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd (2015), which won the Tasmanian Premier’s non-fiction prize.  

He is a former journalist and now a professor of politics at Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia. He has published many books including The Rise and Fall of Gunns Ltd, which won the Tasmanian non-fiction prize and was shortlisted for the Ashurst Business Award, and most recently, Adani and the War Over Coal.


Ben Smee

Ben Smee is the Deputy Editor of the NT NEWS. He won a Walkley Award in 2014 for his coverage of Northern Territory politics during stints as the paper's Chief Political Reporter and Head of News. Ben is also the 2015 NT Journalist of the Year. He previously worked for the Newcastle Herald where he won awards for his investigations and news coverage, including being selected as a finalist for Walkley Young Australian Journalist of the Year in 2009. Crocs in the Cabinet is Ben's first book. He lives in Darwin.

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