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Asbestos house : the secret history of James Hardie Industries

Author: Gideon Haigh
Publisher: Melbourne, Australia : Scribe, 2007. ©2007
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Founded in 1888, James Hardie Industries is one of Australia's oldest, richest and proudest corporations. And its fortunes were based on what proved to be one of the worst industrial poisons of the twentieth century: asbestos. Asbestos House, the name of the grand headquarters that Hardie built itself in 1929, tells two remarkable tales. It relates the frantic financial engineering in 2001 during which Hardie cut  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Haigh, Gideon.
Asbestos house : the secret history of James Hardie Industries.
Melbourne, Australia : Sribe, ©2007
442 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gideon Haigh
ISBN: 9781925293043 1925293041 9781925113457 1925113450
OCLC Number: 912320413
Description: 1 online resource (449 pages)
Contents: Front Cover; Dedication; Title Page; Copyright; Contents; Prologue: 'I really thought he would want to know ... '; 1 'Let's give them to Hardie's'; 2 'The workers who breathe death'; 3 'We'll shoot the bastard!'; 4 'Pain so dreadful'; 5 'A very unpleasant and profitless war'; 6 'We don't have to worry about that one any more'; 7 'What are we going to do with you?'; 8 'A dirty job that had to be done'; 9 'Asbestosis House'; 10 'Next time you are speaking to the Lord ... '; 11 'I think we're fucked'; 12 'If you don't achieve it, you are gone'; 13 'Plucking figures from the clouds' 14 'Canberra on steroids'15 'Wow. That's much more than I was expecting'; 16 'Possible in future not solvent'; 17 'Lots of hairs on it'; 18 'Beauty contest between warthogs'; 19 'There will be no better friend to the foundation than James Hardie'; 20 'The thing is not defensible'; 21 'I wish now that I'd just belted them'; 22 'Five cents in the dollar and tough titties'; 23 'I am a rock'; 24 'What about the word "dishonest" don't you understand, Mr Macdonald?'; 25 'Who's who in the zoo'; 26 'There's 1.5 billion on the table-you can point to that'; 27 'A nutcutting meeting' Epilogue: 'A class thing'Acknowledgements; A Guide to Sources; Index.
Responsibility: Gideon Haigh.

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Founded in 1888, James Hardie Industries is one of Australia's oldest, richest and proudest corporations. And its fortunes were based on what proved to be one of the worst industrial poisons of the twentieth century: asbestos. Asbestos House, the name of the grand headquarters that Hardie built itself in 1929, tells two remarkable tales. It relates the frantic financial engineering in 2001 during which Hardie cut adrift its liabilities to sufferers of asbestos-related disease, the public and political odium that followed, and the extraordinary deal that resulted. It is also the story that the.

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