Just months after the Uluru Statement from the Heart was read to the nation, the Australian Government rejected the proposal for a referendum to establish a national Indigenous advisory body. Co-editor of Griffith Review 60 Sandra Phillips joins contributors Stan Grant, Bruce Pascoe and Megan Davis to address the ravages of more than 200 years of largely unresolved disputes, and discuss the need for Australia to hear and act on the voices of its First Nations people.
Presented with Griffith Review.
Bruce Pascoe (Australian)
Bruce Pascoe is an Australian Indigenous writer and a Yuin, Bunurong and Tasmanian man. Bruce has worked in education, publishing, farming, fishing and Aboriginal language retrieval. He published and edited Australian Short Stories quarterly magazine for 16 years, and was joint winner (with David Foster) of Australian Literature Award in 1999 and winner of the Radio National Short Story Competition in 1998. His most recent non-fiction title, Dark Emu, challenges the claim that pre-colonial Australian Aboriginal peoples were hunter-gatherers. Dark Emu was shortlisted for the 2014 Victorian Premier's Indigenous Writer's Award and QLD Literary Award; and won the NSW Premier's Book of the Year and Indigenous Writer's Prize in 2016. It will be presented by Bangarra Dance Company in 2018. His teenage novel, Fog a Dox, won the Prime Minister’s Young Adult Literature Award in 2013.
Stan Grant (Australian)
Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, and the Seven Network and, since 2013, as the International Editor for SKY News. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor in Hong Kong, before relocating to Beijing as correspondent. As a journalist, he has received a string of prestigious international and Australian awards. In 2015, he published his bestselling book Talking to My Country, and also won a Walkley award for his coverage of indigenous affairs. In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous recognition.
Megan Davis (Australian)
Professor Megan Davis is Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous and Professor of Law at UNSW. Prof Davis is an expert member of the United Nations Human Rights Council's Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. She is a constitutional lawyer who was a member of the Referendum Council and the Expert Panel on the Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in the Constitution. Megan is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law and the Australian Academy of Social Sciences and a Commissioner on the Australian Rugby League Commission.
Sandra Phillips (Australian)
Sandra Phillips is a creative industries academic and researcher. Sandra’s research areas are Indigenous Story and Indigenous digital communities of practice. Wakka Wakka and Gooreng Gooreng, Sandra was an editor with Magabala Books and UQP and the first Aboriginal manager of Aboriginal Studies Press.