Title

Publication

60 Minutes, Nine

Year

2020

Category

Television/Video: Current Affairs Long (More Than 20 Minutes)

“The Faceless Man” prompted the removal of three cabinet ministers and sparked investigations by Victoria’s Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission (IBAC) and the Ombudsman. The Australian Labor Party national executive took over the Victorian branch, while Labor heavyweights Steve Bracks and Jenny Macklin launched an inquiry into branch stacking.

Nick McKenzie is an eight-time Walkley-winning investigative journalist with The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald. He occasionally works with 60 Minutes and has previously worked with the ABC’s Four Corners and 7.30.

Joel Tozer is a producer at 60 Minutes. He has covered stories from the Christchurch terror attacks and Brexit to local investigations on corruption, illicit drugs and money laundering. In 2014, Tozer was named Walkley Young Journalist of the Year for Television and the Kennedy NSW Young Journalist of the Year.

Sumeyya Ilanbey is a reporter at The Age where she has been covering state politics since November 2019. While at the Melton and Moorabool Star Weekly, Ilanbey won an award following a year-long investigation into police resources in Melbourne’s western suburbs. In 2019, Ilanbey, Chris Vedelago and Cameron Houston of The Age won a Quill award for an investigation into toxic waste dumping across Victoria.

Judges’ comments:

“’The Faceless Man’ lifted the lid on the inner workings of the Victorian ALP, including the exploitation of unsuspecting members of the public in the pursuit of power, and the use of influence to play puppet master behind the scenes. The stunning evidence of alleged corruption and branch stacking forced the Premier to sack ministers and the Federal Labor Executive to seize control of the state party. Gripping television.”