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Kristina Kukolja


Kristina Kukolja is a multi award-winning journalist with SBS World News, based in Melbourne. With fellow journalist Lindsey Arkley she is the co-author of Unwanted Australians, a special investigation revealing the scope of past Australian governments’ refusal of citizenship to migrants on political grounds for decades until the 1970s. The series of multimedia reports has also given voice to the first collective call for official acknowledgment by a group of those affected and their families.  

In 2010 she received a Walkley Award for her work on Echoes of Srebrenica


Kristina’s work over the years has particularly focussed on issues affecting Australia’s migrant, refugee and Indigenous communities.  Her areas of interest include international law and transitional justice, and their application in an Australian context.  

Kristina’s reporting has gained recognition at home and abroad — most recently in 2015 with a United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Award for her coverage of Australia’s first ever extradition of one of its own citizens over war crimes. 

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