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Betting scandal rocks Australian of the Year awards as it’s revealed naming of winner Grace Tame may have been leaked before official announcement

  • Activist Grace Tame, 26, was announced as Australian of the Year on Monday 
  • The National Australia Day Council suspects the winner was leaked in December
  • They believe this affected betting since Ms Tame suddenly became a favourite 
  • Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission will now investigate the betting 










The winner of the Australian of the Year award may have been leaked to bookies more than a month before the ceremony took place.

Sexual assault campaigner Grace Tame, 26, was handed the Australian of the Year award in Canberra on Australia Day Eve on Monday night.

The National Australia Day Council (NADC) believes the winner was leaked in December last year and has made a referral to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC). 

Sexual assault campaigner Grace Tame, 26, was handed the Australian of the Year award in Canberra on Australia Day Eve on Monday night. The National Australia Day Council (NADC) believes the winner was leaked in December last year and has made a referral to the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC)

The government-owned non-profit organisation also believes the leak may have affected betting markets since Ms Tame went from a far-fetched winner to a punter favourite in December. 

Prior to this, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy and former NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were favourites to win. 

Some 180 people knew Ms Tame would win the award in December, including the small number of staff at the Australia Day Council, which runs the awards.  

Others who knew Ms Tame were made to sign non-disclosure agreements preventing them from revealing the winner’s name.

Ms Tame went from a far-fetched winner to a punter favourite in December. Prior to this, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy and former NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were favourites to win

Ms Tame went from a far-fetched winner to a punter favourite in December. Prior to this, Chief Medical Officer Professor Brendan Murphy and former NSW Fire Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons were favourites to win

A NADC spokesman said they referred betting on this year’s Australian of the Year Awards to ACIC just hours before the winner was announced on Monday.   

‘The NADC has been concerned about betting on the Australian of the Year Awards for a number of years and has spoken to authorities about having these markets shut down,’ he said, according to The Daily Telegraph.  

‘The NADC requires all staff, contractors and broadcast partners who need to be advised of winners before the national announcement to sign non-disclosure agreements. This agreement has a specific non-betting clause.’

None of the nominees (pictured), including Ms Tame, knew who would win prior to Monday's announcement.

None of the nominees (pictured), including Ms Tame, knew who would win prior to Monday’s announcement.

None of the nominees, including Ms Tame, knew who would win prior to Monday’s announcement. 

Ms Tame, who is a rape survivor, was crowned Australian of the Year for her advocacy and work for survivors of sexual assault.

The Tasmanian woman, 26, gave an emotional speech, in which she explained how she was abused by a teacher at just 15-years-old. 

Ms Tame, 26, gave an emotional speech on Monday, in which she explained how she was abused by a teacher at just 15-years-old

Ms Tame, 26, gave an emotional speech on Monday, in which she explained how she was abused by a teacher at just 15-years-old



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