Clean sweep for curry coverage?


A clear winner has emerged already in one or possibly more categories in the 2022 Walkley Awards for journalism to be presented in February next year.

An armful of Walkleys are likely to be presented to Ward Bobwood, age and location unknown, (main picture) for his work in breaking the story at the weekend about what a spokesperson for the judging panel said was Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s efforts “to deliberately inflict – for personal political gain – food poisoning on his family as evidenced by the PM’s own social media posts showing a curry he had prepared containing raw chicken meat”.

“I probably should have thrown in ‘allegedly’ here and there in that last bit, but fuck it,” the spokesperson for the 67th Walkley Awards judging panel said.

“By any measure #scomo’srawchickenkormacurrygate is a scandal of epic proportions and will no doubt help influence the outcome of the federal election on 21 May.

“Mr Bobwood was, as far as we can tell, the first person out of the blocks on his various social media accounts to break the story and expose this blatant and unquestioned wrongdoing by the most senior elected official in our nation.

“That’s why we think he might have a strong chance of taking out the Gold Walkley, our nation’s highest award for journalism. It’s hard to see anyone topping his efforts in coming months.

“But Mr Bobwood could also win in the scoop of the year category, as well as for coverage of a major news event or issue, and for public service journalism given the threat food poisoning poses to the wider community.

“Mr Bobwood spent many seconds enlarging and examining the photo of the curry in question posted by the PM. So he has a strong chance of  winning in the investigative journalism category too.”

The spokesperson said award committee members also felt that Mr Bobwood may take away the Walkley for commentary, analysis, opinion and critique.

“Mr Bobwood showed a particular flair for commentary, analysis, opinion and critique not only in his original posts but also in his standard response to online critics, telling them to ‘go fuck yourself’.

“We think he may scoop the pool come February,” the spokesperson said.