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Date posted: 29 November 2011
Russell Skelton has won the 2011 Walkley Award for long-form journalism for his book King Brown country: the betrayal of Papunya. The book focuses on Indigenous disadvantage in the remote Central Australian community of Papunya, the 'petrol sniffing capital of Australia'. Skelton stated that he wrote the book in order to raise awareness of the problems in remote communities.
ABC reporter Katrina Bolton also won an Award under the best radio feature, documentary or broadcast special category for her story on alcohol problems in Central Australia: Drink, death and dollars.
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