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About the book

Book cover- Breaking the Sheep’s Back by Charles Massy

Once a great nation-building icon, the wool business today is but a third of its size when Australia ‘rode on the sheep’s back’. The story is a tragedy that reaches into the offices of Prime Ministers and Cabinet members across seven federal governments and its agencies. Despite this politically sanctioned collapse, there has never been a royal commission. Until now, no one has investigated what precipitated the great crash of February 1991 or the industry’s ongoing decline.

Breaking the Sheep’s Back is Massy’s private royal commission – a must-read account of the decline and fall of the Australian wool empire.