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Quarterly Essay: Stan Grant on Indigenous Futures


Stan Grant believes Indigenous disadvantage could be fixed through a strengthening of the will of the wider Australian community. ‘If we wanted to cure it, we would cure it,’ he has said, ‘just like we cured polio’.

For the 64th Black Inc Quarterly Essay, the Walkley Award-winning veteran journalist has examined some possible cures and solutions, especially for the complicated problems facing remote communities. Grant’s essay is published in a year when the future of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia has made national and international headlines, following the Don Dale youth detention centre abuse scandal.

At the Wheeler Centre in conversation with Don Watson, Grant will discuss why brighter futures for Indigenous people require all Australians to reckon with past and present injustices. He’ll also share his ideas for meaningful self-determination and building sustainable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across Australia.


Stan Grant

Stan Grant is the Indigenous affairs editor for Guardian Australia. He is the winner of the 2015 Walkley award for coverage of Indigenous affairs. Grant was previously the international editor at Sky News and has held posts in Abu Dhabi, Hong Kong and Beijing for CNN International. He hosts&nbs... Read more

Don Watson

Don Watson is an author, essayist and speechwriter. He is the author of the Quarterly Essay ‘Enemy Within: American politics in the time of Trump’, and the multi-award-winning American Journeys, amongst others. Don’s books, articles and essays have been widely acclaimed. ... Read more


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