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Business-Managed Democracy

“Business-managed democracies are those in which the political and cultural arrangements are managed in the interests of business”

Sharon Beder

Business-Managed Environment

Hannagan and Bushnell (H&B)

Hannagan and Bushnell (H&B) is a Melbourne-based PR consultancy. John Hannagan had been a corporate affairs manager for Alcoa and Noel Bushnell had also represented the Australian aluminium industry on climate change issues as well as the Australian Industry Greenhouse Network (AIGN).


Clients of H&B have included the AIGN (see example), front group The Lavoisier Group, BHP, Alcoa, North Ltd (for example on the Jabiluka uranium mine), Ok Tedi Mining and the APEC Studies Centre. Tony Staley, former minister in the Fraser government and former federal president of the Liberal Party, and Bob Hogg, former Labor government minister and former national secretary of the ALP have been senior H&B consultants.


Guy Pearce's interviews for his phD found that H&B had significant influence on Howard government climate change policy and its lobbying was instrumental in the decision of prime minister Howard to oppose Kyoto. Hannagan and Bushnell were "treated as proxy members" of the official Australian delegations to international climate change negotiaton conferences during the 1990s. The Howard government also officially hired H&B for consultancy work.

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