New Release: Killer Company by Matt Peacock

The book that inspired the forthcoming ABC1 drama series DEVIL’S DUST  …

Matt Peacock first warned the public about the dangers of James Hardie’s asbestos empire in an award-winning radio series in 1977. He has followed the tragic trail since then and in 2009 published Killer Company, the inside story of how Matt and asbestos campaigner, Bernie Banton brought the company to account. This widely praised book was a complete game changer in the ongoing battle:

Bernie would be up there, looking down and saying ‘Mate, well done!’ — Karen Banton, widow of Bernie Banton

Inspirational! Every corporate management course in this country should have this book as essential reading. — Former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd

I thought I knew the James Hardie story…but nothing quite prepares you for Peacock’s forensic look… — Kathleen Noonan, Courier Mail


Matt worked as a consultant on Devil’s Dust, the forthcoming two-part series about the James Hardie asbestos saga, written by Kris Mrksa. The character of Matt Peacock is played by Ewen Leslie and Anthony Hayes stars as Bernie Banton; Alexandra Schepisi plays Bernie’s wife Karen and Don Hany plays the fictional character of James Hardie PR Adam Bourke. Devil’s Dust will air on ABC1 on Sunday 11 and Monday 12 November.


One of the ABC’s most experienced reporters, Matt Peacock is currently a journalist for Foreign Correspondent and 7.30. He has been an award-winning foreign correspondent and also chief political correspondent for national radio current affairs programs: AM, PM and THE WORLD TODAY.

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Published by

Clayton Wehner

Clayton is the founder and managing director of Boomerang Books. In a past life, Clayton worked for 12 years as an intelligence officer in the Australian Army and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. He is a graduate of the Australian Defence Force Academy and the Royal Military College Duntroon and holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science and a Master of Management Studies (Human Resource Management) from the UNSW. He is also a trained Indonesian linguist and served with the United Nations in East Timor as an interpreter/translator.