Posted by https://www.theguardian.com/
on 28 July 2020
Congratulations to Luke Henriques-Gomes, graduate from De La Salle College Malvern (2010), who was awarded a 2020 Young Walkley award. The Guardian Australia's welfare and inequality reporter, won the award for short form journalism. The award winning report was one of a string of exclusives by Henriques-Gomes on the robodebt scandal and flaws in Australia's welfare system.
Guardian Australia reporter Luke Henriques-Gomes has picked up a Young Walkley award for his coverage of the robodebt scandal, which helped to expose widespread failings in a punitive welfare scheme that the federal government later admitted was illegal.
Henriques-Gomes, Guardian Australia's welfare and inequality reporter, won the award for shortform journalism at Wednesday night's midyear Walkley awards for his exclusive report revealing that the Morrison government had considered expanding the scheme to target thousands of pensioners and other "sensitive" welfare recipients.
The report was one of a string of exclusives by Henriques-Gomes on the robodebt scandal and flaws in Australia's welfare system. He was also nominated in the public service journalism Walkley category for his reporting during the Guardian's Fair Go series, which exposed flaws in the lucrative and privatised "welfare-to-work" system.
That award though went to the West Australian newspaper's Annabel Hennessy, who also took out the overall young journalist of the year prize for her exposé on the trial of Jody Gore, an Indigenous woman who was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the murder of her ex-partner Damian Jones in 2016 despite enduring decades of domestic abuse at his hands.
The reporting led to Gore's release from prison last year after serving four years of her sentence, and a commitment from the WA government to announce legislative reforms aimed at better accounting for domestic violence victims acting in self-defence.
The Walkley judges said Hennessy's reporting "deserves this honour because it demonstrated true excellence at every turn".