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 a Bunurong, Tasmanian and Yuin man. He is a member of Yuin Gurandgi, past secretary of Bidwell-Maapand has been the director of the Australian Studies Project for the Commonwealth Schools Commission. Bruce has had a varied career as a teacher, farmer, fisherman, barman, fencing contractor, lecturer, Aboriginal language researcher, archaeological site worker and editor. His book Fog A Dox, won the Young Adult category of the 2013 Prime Minister's Literary Awards. Dark Emu won the NSW Premier’s Award Book of the Year in 2016.
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 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. He is the author of a memoir, The Tears of Strangers, the Walkley award-winning Talking To My Country and most recently a Quarterly Essay called The Australian Dream. Stan is also the editor of Indigenous Affairs coverage for the ABC.
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 teaches publishing studies in QUT Creative Industries and is the chair of First Nations Australia Writers’ Network Inc. (FNAWN). 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.