John Ralph Essay Competition 2010

First Prize – $2500

The Australian Farm Institute has launched an essay competition, with a cash prize of $2500 for the winning entry, to recognise the contribution of Mr. John Ralph to the Institute. John was Chairman of the Institute from its founding until his recent retirement, and has played a major part in the Institute’s development. The John Ralph essay competition will be held each year with a topic announced in July, with entries closing in September.

In 2010, the first year of the prize, the topic was ‘The role of Australia’s primary industries in buffering the Australian economy from external economic shocks.’

The essay competition is open to anyone, and entries should be a maximum of 3000 words in length. The winning essay and the best four other essays will be published in the November issue of the Farm Policy Journal.

Entries for the 2010 prize have now closed. Entries will open in July 2011 for the next John Ralph Essay prize, so please check the AFI website again soon for details. Guidelines for authors are available here.

John Ralph was instrumental in the establishment of the Australian Farm Institute, becoming its founding Chairman in 2004 and continuing in that role until his recent retirement in June, 2010. John was the former Chairman of the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, former Deputy Chairman of Telstra Corporation and previous Chairman of Business Council of Australia and Australian Mining Council.

His outstanding contribution to the country was recognised in 2000 when he was appointed to Australia’s highest civilian honour, a Companion in the Order of Australia, having been made an Officer in the Order of Australia in 1988.

Involved in farm enterprises in southern NSW, John Ralph has argued strongly for comprehensive and objective research as the basis for sound policy decision-making, particularly for the agriculture sector. To support this goal, the Australian Farm Institute was established in 2003.

Each year the Australian Farm Institute will award a $2500 cash prize to the winner of the John Ralph Essay Competition, based on a topic of John's choosing. The topic will be announced in July each year, with entries closing in September.

Entries will be judged by John Ralph, the AFI Executive Director and the Chair of the Institute's Research Advisory Committee.
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