Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism
James Campbell of the Herald Sun has won the Grant Hattam Quill for Investigative Journalism.
This story had a dramatic impact on Victorian politics. Premier Ted Baillieu resigned two days after it appeared in part because of the revelations in secret tapes which were at the centre of Campbell's reporting. The tapes could be listened to online adding an extra dimension to the reporting.
Highly commended were Louise Milligan, 7:30 ABC and Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker, The Age.
These three reports on 7.30 by Louise Milligan revealed widespread bullying in Victoria Police, forcing a review of anti-bullying procedures in the force.
Nick McKenzie and Richard Baker's reports on alleged corruption on a grand scale at Leighton's were full of detailed reporting deciphering information from a wide range of sources.
James' entry also won him the Monash University Gold Quill.