Thank you to all those who entered the 2016 Per Capita Young Writers’ Prize.
We had a strong field of entries, from every state in Australia, with our entrants tackling subjects as diverse as our ageing population, university funding, challenges to our democracy, rights and our Constitution, and environmental issues.
The winner of the 2016 Per Capita Young Writers’ Prize is Hayley Pring, whose essay Australia’s Silver Economy was, it was agreed by all judges, a compelling and well-constructed argument for focusing on the benefits and opportunities to be found in the ageing population, and made a strong case for reframing our policy approach to ageing in Australia.
The second-prize winner is Hugh Hutchison, who wrote An Imperfect Inheritance: The Double-Edged Sword of Australian Political Parentage. This was an original and thought-provoking assessment of Australia’s political structures and institutions, which contained interesting prescriptions to address issues facing our democracy.
A special environmental award was made to Victoria McGlynn, whose essay A plan to ban the bag was a lively and engaging argument for banning single-use plastic shopping bags in Australia.