Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism

Nick McKenzie & Richard Baker
The Age

The Age's Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker have won the 2012 Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism.

Their winning articles exposed corrupt customs officers with links to organised crime working at Sydney Airport.

Judges' statement

This story revealed widespread corruption and criminal activity at Australia’s biggest airport, with grave implications for national security.

It is a perfect example of great investigative reporting.  It resulted in sackings, prosecutions and resignations and there is more to come.  There were attempts to supress the story which put pressure on the reporters.  A great
piece of work.

Highly commended

Highly commended for the award were the Herald Sun's Ruth Lamperd and Stephen Drill.

Judges' statement

Cancer Town: This is a sustained piece of investigative reporting. It revealed the shocking toll from a toxic CFA training facility. The story led to an official investigation into the likelihood of a change in the state laws on compensation.

Winning Entry