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The Alfred Deakin Prize for an Essay Advancing Public Debate
Subcategory of Victorian Premier's Literary Awards
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2010 winner Seeing Truganini David Hansen , 2010 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 321 2010; (p. 45-53)

David Hansen discusses 'the recent abortive sale of Benjamin Law's busts of Truganini and Woureddy and ... the controversy surrounding the promulgation of historical artefacts depicting Tasmanian Aborigines. Dr Hansen deplores the stigma surrounding such works, and is critical of academic and curatorial timidity and silence.'

Source: Australian Book Review, 'Advances', May 2010

2008 winner Marcia Langton for her essay 'Trapped in the Aboriginal Reality Show'
2007 winner The Writer in a Time of Terror Frank Moorhouse , 2006 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , Summer no. 14 2006; (p. 12-60)
'Frank Moorhouse considers the threat [to freedom of expression in Australia], documents the attack, explores its consequences and challenges us to respond.' (Griffith Review website)
2004 winner The Mood We Are In : Circa Australia Day 2004 Barry Hill , 2004 single work essay
— Appears in: Overland , Autumn no. 174 2004; (p. 10-21)
Barry Hill explores Australian culture and national identity in the light of global terrorism and social change. The influence of Corporate America is felt by Australians who care about their country.