Whitlam Institute

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.


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


Matti Schwarz of Hobart College with his entry Simple Things

Read the 2017 Finalist Entries:

New south wales/Australian Captial Territory


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


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