Boonah Writers Festival

Rick Morton


Rick Morton is a journalist and social affairs writer with The Australian newspaper. Originally from Boonah, Rick lives in Sydney where he covers social policy for the national broadsheet and is the Sydney bureau’s deputy chief of staff. His first book One Hundred Years of Dirt, a memoir and essay about being an outsider in Australia, will be published by Melbourne University Publishing in 2018. Rick was the 2013 Kennedy Awards Young Journalist of the Year and won the Kennedy in 2017 for Outstanding Columnist. His columns appear in The Weekend Australian’s arts liftout Review. 

Rick began his career in 2005 as a cadet journalist at the Gold Coast Bulletin before working at the Fassifern Guardian and for the Queensland Department of Education. He was an early hire at women’s website Mamamia in 2011 before moving to The Australian in 2012. 

He has covered the National Disability Insurance Scheme since its launch and was seconded to run the newspaper’s Tasmanian bureau in 2014. He joined the newspaper’s Melbourne bureau for a year before moving back to Sydney where he is completing his book. 

Rick grew up on a cattle station in outback Queensland before moving to Boonah with his mum, Debbie, and two siblings. He almost found a dinosaur. [Ed - now that's worth hearing about]

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