2020 Quills: News Report in Writing

Luke Henriques-Gomes of the Guardian Australia has won the 2020 News Report in Writing Quill.

Judges' citation

Luke's story was the first to reveal the deep impact of the Government's failed Robodebt scheme on the nation's vulnerable. His dogged pursuit of the story over many months paid off with the leak of Cabinet-level documents that were the basis of a clearly written exclusive of national significance.

The winning entry

Robodebt: government admits it will be forced to refund $550m under botched scheme, Guardian Australia, 27 March 2020

Coalition told robodebt 'no longer viable' and should be abolished, leaked advice reveals, Guardian Australia, 30 May 2020

Robodebt scandal: leak reveals unlawful debts predate 2015 but government has no plans to pay back money, Guardian Australia, 31 May 2020

Highly commended

Aneeka Simonis, Herald Sun, Celeste Manno intervention order and stalking law reform

Wendy Tuohy, The Age, 'Sex discrimination and harassment widespread in Ambulance Victoria say paramedics'

Please note: the above link/s may not comprise the entirety of an entry submitted for consideration.

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