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Stan Grant, a widely recognised and celebrated indigenous journalist made a speech this week that is curling toes, making people stop, and quite frankly has to be watched on this Australia Day.  We featured it a few days ago, but it has caused so many shockwaves and so much discussion this week that we’re featuring it again for those of you who missed it.

It’s heated, passionate, confronting and summarises many of the mistakes that have been made in indigenous Australia over centuries from the perspective of one indigenous man.  He’s calling our country to understand and to realise the battle the generations of the indigenous here have had to fight and he is doing so with eloquence.

He says the Australian Dream is rooted in racism.  And he says he has succeeded in spite of the Australian Dream.  He say “we’re better than this” and he urges our country to be the extraordinary country we could be.

Last year, when Adam Goodes was booed on the football field Stan Grant wrote a controversial column for The Guardian that opened up with honesty how he felt about how Goodes was cut down.

“…this is how Australia makes us feel. Estranged in the land of our ancestors, marooned by the tides of history on the fringes of one of the richest and demonstrably most peaceful, secure and cohesive nations on earth.”

“To Adam’s ears, the ears of so many Indigenous people, these boos are a howl of humiliation. A howl that echoes across two centuries of invasion, dispossession and suffering. Others can parse their words and look for other explanations, but we see race and only race. How can we see anything else when race is what we have clung to even as it has been used as a reason to reject us,” his article wrote.  And it received 102,000 shares, so it is not without rapturous impact.

But his speech, which is not long, just 8 short minutes and says a lot to our nation.  As over 60s you might even remember more of the terrible circumstances he reflects on.

IQ2 Racism Debate: Stan GrantDon’t have time to watch the whole IQ2 Racism Debate posted earlier today? Take just eight minutes out of your day to hear Stan Grant’s incredible speech – widely acknowledged to be one of the most powerful ever heard at IQ2.

Posted by The Ethics Centre on Wednesday, January 20, 2016

He was speaking at The Ethics Centre IQ2 debate, a much larger event.


He finishes with “Australians – Let us ALL rejoice”.  Do you think we can be the country Stan Grant wants us to be?

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Rebecca Wilson

Rebecca Wilson is the founder and publisher of Starts at Sixty. The daughter of two baby boomers, she has built the online community for over 60s by listening carefully to the issues and seeking out answers, insights and information for over 60s throughout Australia. Rebecca is an experienced marketer, a trained journalist and has a degree in politics. A mother of 3, she passionately facilitates and leads our over 60s community, bringing the community opinions, needs and interests to the fore and making Starts at Sixty a fun place to be.

  1. I suspect there are few who wouldn’t celebrate being lucky enough to live in this wonderful country. The challenge lies in the date we celebrate. The colonisation of Australia was not a positive thing at all for the first people of this land. Invasion day is not something that many people would celebrate if it were the day your life as you knew it changed and you lost your family, your freedom, your children and of course your very life. Celebrate what we have and recognise at what cost, and how far we have yet to go perhaps.

  2. Lets just enjoy Austral Day This video was bought out to put a damper on things.

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    • No, it’s been brought out to help us to open our minds , to help us reflect on past hurts so that we may all be part of the healing, not to spoil your party.

  3. I saw Stan on television last night. Why oh why do we have to revisit the same old hatreds and hang ups each Australia Day? The settlement and development of this magnificent country deserves recognition. I thought all of the apologies, all of the hand wringing, had been done. Enough.

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    • It’s just like Anzac Day, we should never forget the past or those that suffered to get to where we are today ( so many aboriginal people did suffer ) so why should we celebrate Anzac Day but expect aboriginal people to just get over the past & move on.

    • What more can be done to appease the Aboriginal people? Apologies have been made, monies put into helping communities. What was done generations ago was dreadful undoubtedly, but surely there must be a way of bridging this wound that gets opened up every Australia day. Stan is not helping with any suggestions nor is he accepting the apology – so how will he ever move forward if he cannot find forgiveness and be willing to help with solutions?

    • Lyn Bradford well, perhaps they can be thankful that we gave them civilisation. If the (ie) Indonesians had settled this country, they would probably have wiped out the indigenous population. As an imminent anthropologist said: “when white man arrived here, the aboriginal people had reached their pinnacle of evolution and weren’t going to evolve anymore. They were stone-aged people who used sticks and stones, had no metals, and were basically nomadic people.” That wasn’t a racist remark, it was said by a scientist.

    • And who’s to say civilisation was the best thing for them Vic, look what it gave them, murder, sickness, the end of their culture as they knew it, just look at the world because of civilisation, such a happy, safe way to live for all humans…Not.

    • Lyn Bradford I lost an uncle in WW2 but I don’t agree with the glorification of war. I prefer to remember him at home I don’t need to March b

    • From all of the replies, I can see why our indigenous population is in such a mess and why the rest of the thinking world believes most Australians are a bunch of racists

    • Trevor Smythe Crapper, it is still there as it is still here in NZ. It will never be done away with unless it starts with you, and you Tracey Blyth! Good speech! I enjoyed (y)

    • Politicians and the media fuel the fire every year, just for the comments that you are all making, nothing like pitting people against each other. They win again.

    • Vic Roby and possibly they would have happily continued at that level of development for centuries without interference or fear

    • With the greatest of respect…. how much more blood can you get out that stone. We can’t change the past, but we can learn from it. Lets all live together in Australia, acknowledge the past, move forward and focus on the future. There has been so much atrocities committed in the past including World War One and Two, or Auschwitz, where they killed millions and yes, almost eradicated all the Jews. We should acknowledge it(which has been done many, many times) and ensure that it never happens again. There is no point whipping a dead horse.

    • Probably because there a idiots and knuckleheads like those who yell abuse etc at our athletes, the one thing in Australia you would think people appreciate and love is our sportsmen and,women…that is probably why..when these idiots rear their UGLY heads it brings it all to the fore…..once more…

    • I agree, people weren’t booing Goodes because of his race it was the way he played football, we all have choices and opportunities in life and if we choose not to take them we have no-one else to blame. I am not racist but we can’t change the past, but move to the future which these people can’t seem to do.

    • We don’t celebrate Anzac Day it is a commemorative day. Australia Day is a celebration of this beautiful country in which we are privilege to call home. Personally I have also had enough of this argument.

    • Vic Roby are you for real? And the tragedy is that you, with your closed and ignorant mid, is that you actually believe that what you are say in correct. There was a post a few days ago that said that the most dangerous thing about liars, is that believe what they are saying. Same goes for the who spook untruths.

    • Diane Roberts,They were booing Goodes because he reprimanded a rude child for her racist remarks which would have come from a racist adult, not his football game.

    • I really don’t know what the answer is. We can’t go back into history and change the things that were done to the Aborigines. It is what it is. Its time to move on.

  4. Get over it Grant ..drop the chip on your shoulder

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    • And if Australia became a Muslim nation under their rules, you’d be happy for them to say to us, get over it Australia & drop the chip on your shoulder?…sorry but aboriginal people have good reason to have a chip on their shoulder.

    • Patricia it’s not just 200yrs ago, I worked with a woman that was taken from her family as a kid, never to see them again & raised by white people that treated her badly, but people say she should just forget it, get over it, & move on…how on earth do people just get over treatment like that without having emotional problems & resentment?

    • Patricia Richardson What Lyn Bradford said. I became part of an aboriginal family for a while. Mum was taken by force and by law from her parents and sent to white homes where she was treated like a slave. I was at school in the 70’s with an aboriginal man. By LAW in 1970, had my parents objected to an aborigine being in my class, by law he would have been removed. Not for doing anything, but for being who he was. We came to this country in 1970 and in the south coast town we moved to, there was a sign about the pub door “no women, no blacks” In 1970! These injustices are very much a part of this generation as those with the scars are still alive.

    • Joan Harvey…We don’t have a so called ‘Chip on our Shoulder’!seems like you have one to make such a comment!

    • Robyn Green what backwoods town did you live in? I went to school in the fifties in Far North Queensland and had several aboriginal children in my class. We were treated equally by the teachers and we played happily together in the playground. The indigenous children were renowned and admired for their sporting prowess. There were Chinese and Islander children in the school as well. There were no coverups in our history lessons either. I think we might have learned more in that post WW2 era than many of the shit stirrers on this page today.

    • Lyn and Robyn I get what you are saying but I too was taken from my mother back in the early 40,s because she was divorced (horror of horrors in those days) so there were many ‘”white” kids taken also. From unmarried mothers etc ..I would think we would be counted in the hundreds if not thousands .We were also treated like slaves My point was Josie ..Get on with life you will be old before you know it ..I certainly didnt let what happened to me be carried on all my life

    • Lyn Bradford Tell the Aborigines that if they hava a gripe, then go whinge to the Poms, not us. I was born here. And Ii really don;t think that Aborigines have reason to have a chip on there shoulder, I mean, who else gets paid $30,000 for the birth of a baby as in Groote Elandt. There is plenty to be done to improve living standards but there should be some involvement from the Aborigines to achieve this. To walk hand in hand, it has to be a mutual effort.

  5. A great speech I must hunt out and view the whole debate. I doubt there is any country on the planet where settlement was without bloodshed. Much of the conflict about now in other parts of the world is because an ethnic group has found their land taken by others. It might have been more gradual and less bloody. China has moved it population and built cities in areas once belonging to another group. North and South America were settled with massive carnage and dispossession of the native people. It is the way it has always been, we have to look forward and not back. I have Tasmanian aboriginal blood, a group of people who no longer exist as full blood people, their culture preserved by just a few of their descendants. We must eliminate division between the races, know our bloody history and not try to whitewash it as occurs in so many places. A friend was disgusted on visiting an area her Chinese ancestor worked on a railway to find the white contribution acknowledged and applauded but no mention of the Chinese labourers slaving away to build it. The contribution of the Afghan cameleers not acknowledged. There was racism to those groups then and an apparent cleansing of them from history. Our history needs to be rewritten with honesty not sanitised to make it sound nice.

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    • I agree our history needs to be told warts and all…i was 55 years old before i found out about the native clearances i was in my 40s before i learned of the uproar and violence at lambing flats in nsw the chinese being th major victims. My children and their children do no know the name of or the area explored by white explorers no one knows about the aborigines who volunteered and were “allowed” to fight fo Australia in white mens wars…the list of what we dont know and i am sick and tired of successive governments expectations that historians sanitise the historical events of the time. Why even now people under the age of 40 do not know any of the real circumstances around the dismissal of Gough Whitlam . Our history does need to be rewritten to tell the whole ugly truth of what went on as far as the aboriginees the chinese the Kanakas in the cane field ( people kidnaped from their native pacific islands and sold into slavery to the cane plantations) we need to know it all so that everyone can see the wrongs perpertrated and fully understant the needs for apology and restitution and reconciliation. How about it historians go investigate and tell the story on face book if you cant get anyone to publish it.

    • what a differet result today ow that the uglies are not here, I think it is fantastic Barbara and I was reading he did it all off the cuff, it wasn’t written down

  6. One people under one flag …….all Aussies as one.

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    • Not true, try going North & just see the discrimination that still exists toward aboriginal people, I remember my son telling me about a town where there was a pub for white people only but another one for aboriginal, he couldn’t believe it, and said it was quite well known that aboriginal people weren’t welcome in the white pub but the occasional white person drank in the aboriginal one.

    • Love to know where that was, It does not exist now they drink anywhere they want, you are way behind Lyn , yes come up north and asked what is going on. Try saying no when ask for money or a smoke and see what you get called.

  7. If the English hadn’t colonised this country someone else would have

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    • So that makes it ok?… If the English hadn’t murdered aboriginals & treated them like animals someone else would have…are you kidding me.

    • It will never be in the past until we stop treating them as inferior beings. Some of the comments on here are just plain ugly.They kept this country in mint condition for thousands of years . We took it by force & have pretty much destroyed it in 200 years. We brought disease.alcohol, refined foods & materialistic greed & corruption into what was a complex & healthy culrure. The only reason we get to feel superior is because we have more power .

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