Andrew Charlton has won the John Button Prize for 2012 with his Quarterly Essay on climate change, Man-Made World: Choosing between progress and planet.
A big congratulations to the winners for 2012. This annual award recognises the best writing on policy and politics in Australia.
Andrew Charlton, a senior economic adviser to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, was named the winner of the John Button Prize last week taking home a $20,000 prize.
The judges described Charlton's essay as a 'dispassionate, reasoned and original analysis that confronted the core dilemma behind global attempts to address climate change – the huge gap in priorities between rich and poor nations'.
Anjali Bethune of Ruyton Girls School won the $2500 John Button Schools Prize for writing on politics and policy by a Victorian secondary student. Her essay argued that Australia should increase its immigration intake.
Anjali, who is 17 and in Year 12, said, 'To win this prize is a great honour, as I believe Australian politics and policy are amongst the most important things for the youth of this country to be involved in.'
To read more please visit the John Button Prize website.