Best Business Story in any Medium

Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
The Age

The Age's Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker have won the 2012 Quill Award for Best Business Story in any Medium.

McKenzie and Baker's winning story exposed a memo which warned Reserve Bank chiefs of possible bribery in 2007.

Judges' statement

The story revealed RBA Chiefs knew about alleged corruption before police began a probe and raised questions
about whether the pair had misled parliament.

McKenzie & Baker’s scoop resulted from three years’ investigation and revealed that the reserve bank
Governor and Deputy Governor knew about alleged corruption within the RBA.  It forced an about-face by the Governor who had given evidence denying knowledge of corruption.  This outstanding report made a powerful front page that prompted a further grilling before a Parliamentary Committee. 

Highly commended

Highly commended for the award were The Age's Ben Butler and Georgia Wilkins, as well as The Age's Ben Schneiders.

Judges' statements

BRINGING WEB TRANSACTIONS HOME FOR THEIR JUST DESSERTS:  Ben Butler and Georgia Wilkins, The Age
Butler and Wilkins distilled a complicated financial story on a highly readable summary of the extent that foreign owned technology giants minimise taxation payments to the detriment of Australian taxpayers.


BALLIEU SLAPS BAN ON LEND LEASE:  Ben Schnieders, The Age
Schneiders’ genuine scoop revealed the Baillieu Government’s near unprecedented step of banning one of Australia’s largest builders from working on Government projects and led to ongoing headlines.