- Gough Whitlam Oration
- What Matters? Writing Competition
- The Economy
- Impacts of High Stakes Testing
- Human Rights and Public Life
- Young People and Democracy
- Federalism and Australian Schooling
- The Impact of Government Contracts
- Past Projects
- Schools Program
What Matters? 2011
Proudly Sponsored by Officeworks
Television viewers were given a unique insight into the hopes and aspirations of Australia's youth in the special screening of the 'What Matters?' competition, with a special program on the competition aired on Television Sydney, digital channel 44. The half hour program includes the eight 2011 finalists chosen from a field of over 1,800 entries, and the awards ceremony attended by Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO and SBS Dateline co-presenter Yalda Hakim.
The 2011 Award ceremony, held on August 4, was attended by Mrs Margaret Whitlam AO, SBS's rising star Dateline co-presenter Yalda Hakim, as well as Sydney Morning Herald journalist and What Matters judge Andrew West and other dignitaries. Photos of the ceremony, and all of the winning entries can be viewed below.
Madeleine Boxall was the overall winner of the 2011 What Matters? Competition. Her entry, People Discriminate, Love Does Not, called for same-sex marriage equality.
The winners and runners up in each category were presented with a certificate as well as a monetary prize and five participating schools were also announced as the winners of Officeworks gift cards to the value of $1,000 each.
As the overall winner, Madeleine was presented with a laptop and software package care of Officeworks and, as the Year 11/12 category winner, she was also offered the opportunity to participate in ReachOut's ReachOutReporters multimedia content producing program (www.reachout.com), receiving professional training and the opportunity to be published online and paid for her work.
We were so impressed by the calibre of entries this year, so even if you're not a finalist this time around you should be proud to be part of an eloquent and passionate generation! And remember, there's always next year!
What Matters? 2011 was proudly sponsored by Officeworks
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