He has earned numerous accolades for his investigative reporting on topics as diverse as people smuggling, drug trafficking, and terrorism.
In 2012, he won the Gold Walkley Award, the highest honour in Australian journalism for his reporting. He has won four other Walkleys, the Clarion Award for Most Outstanding Contribution to Journalism, has been awarded the UN Media Peace Prize six times and in 2018 he became the youngest living person to be inducted into The Australian Media Hall of Fame.
Former AFL player and coach, Transgender Advocate
After a successful AFL playing and coaching career, Danielle Laidley is now leading the way in educating all on both transgender issues and the importance of diversity acceptance.
Danielle Laidley (birth name Dean Laidley) played 151 games for West Coast Eagles and North Melbourne football clubs, winning an AFL premiership with the Kangaroos in 1996. She became one of the youngest senior coaches ever at 36, coaching North Melbourne for 149 games across seven seasons from 2003 to 2009.
Building on her experience in training and developing people, Danielle moved into a leadership and management role with the Department of Justice.
She was diagnosed with gender dysphoria and is now an advocate for transgender people, raising awareness in a quest for acceptance of diversity.