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What Matters? 2017

In 2017, Aus journalist and TV presenter of Channel Ten’s The Project, Lisa Wilkinson, became patron of the Whitlam Institute’s What Matters? Writing Competition. Wilkinson presented certificates & prizes to joint-winners (for the first time ever) from over 4000 Australian young people who entered, writing about racism, sexism, gender, art, religion, dreams & simplicity.

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2017 Winners

For the first time in the history of the competition, our judges were unable to choose a single winner from the more than 4,000 entries received in 2017. 

Congratulations to our joint 2017 Winners:

Anhaar Kareem of Greenacre Public School with her entry My Dreams Matter

and

Matti Schwarz of Hobart College with his entry Simple Things


Read the 2017 Finalist Entries:

New south wales/Australian Captial Territory

ANHAR KAREEM

Greenacre Public School, My Dreams Matter
Year 5/6 Winner, Joint Overall Competition Winner

Sydney Bao

Artarmon Public School, Being Yourself Matters!
Year 5/6 Runner Up

Nikki Parsons

St Joseph Regional College, Port Macquarie, Our Language Matters
Year 7/8 Winner

Grace McGarvie

Albury High School, Dr Who?
Year 7/8 Runner Up

Caitlin Hansford

Presbyterian Ladies' College, Armidale, Art Matters
Year 9/10 Winner

Markus Barrie

Castle Hill High School, We Are Human Too
Year 9/10 Runner Up

Mehmet Irmak

Sefton High School, Privacy
Year 11/12 Winner

Grace Roodenrys

Mount Carmel Catholic College, Raby, Aleppo is a Place Where the Children Have Stopped Crying
Year 11/12 Runner Up


tasmania

Maya Harrington

Princes St Primary School, The Place I Belong
Year 5/6 Winner

Maryam Ali

Queechy High School, Discrimination: It Matters
Year 9/10 Winner

Matti Schwarz

Hobart College, Simple Things
Year 11/12 Winner
Joint Overall Competition Winner