Ok. Next year I’m going to set fire to Callan Park and then I’m going to write about it. We’d lose a few dogs, but it would be worth it -- at least I’d win a Walkley.  All up, the Victorian bushfires scooped the pool at the Walkleys last night, generating seven awards, mainly for ABC Radio.

The big one, the Gold Walkley, went to The Australian’s Gary Hughes, who fought bravely to save his house, watched it burn to the ground, and then borrowed a lap top to file two superb stories.  He was unwell last night, but his wife and daughter were there to collect his awards, which included Best News Report. The Walkley Foundation also gave them three extra Walkleys to replace the ones he’d won in previous years, which were lost in the fires.