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United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards
Page 5567
02 November 2017
COUNCIL Members statements FIONA PATTEN

Ms PATTEN (Northern Metropolitan) (09:57:36) — Last weekend I had the honour of attending two events which celebrated excellence. On Friday night I was at the United Nations Association of Australia Media Awards for 2017. Each year these awards are presented to Australian journalists who have excelled in their promotion of human rights and exposure of breaches. These awards and the journalists and programs that received them are the antidotes to the fake news that has become ever so present in today's media. They bring transparency and sunlight to human rights and their breaches.

The ABC won the majority of the UN awards this year, and the simple but powerful program You Can't Ask That took home three gongs for its amazing work in breaking down barriers and encouraging the conversations we should be having around age, disability and many other issues.