Australia Day by Stan Grant
As uncomfortable as it is, we need to reckon with our history. On January 26, no Australian can really look away. There are the hard questions we ask of ourselves on Australia Day.
Since publishing his critically acclaimed, Walkley Award-winning, bestselling memoir Talking to My Country in early 2016, Stan Grant has been crossing the country, talking to huge crowds everywhere about how racism is at the heart of our history and the Australian dream. But Stan knows this is not where the story ends.
In this book, Australia Day, his long-awaited follow up to Talking to My Country, Stan talks about reconciliation and the indigenous struggle for belonging and identity in Australia, and about what it means to be Australian. A sad, wise, beautiful, reflective and troubled book, Australia Day asks the questions that have to be asked, that no else seems to be asking. Who are we? What is our country? How do we move forward from here?
About the Author
Stan Grant is a Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi man. A journalist since 1987, he has worked for the ABC, SBS, the Seven Network and Sky News Australia. From 2001 to 2012 he worked for CNN as an anchor and senior correspondent in Asia and the Middle East. 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, which won the Walkley Book Award, and he also won a Walkley Award for his coverage of Indigenous affairs. In 2016 he was appointed to the Referendum Council on Indigenous recognition. Stan is now Professor of Global Affairs at Griffith University and International Affairs Analyst at ABC.
Published: 6th January 2021
Number Of Pages: 272
"Thank you Jessica for sharing these resources and for the work you do to support educators to understand practical ways to engage in reconciliation.
As someone who grew up in a community where I had no contact with Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander families, and so never heard their voices, it is through the generosity of people like yourself I have begun an important learning journey."
"Interesting to hear the internal struggle within him about Australia Day and what it means to him.
His love for Australia the nation vs the history, his identity and connection to Country.
Even i as a first generation Australian born to British parents who arrived here in the 50s and 60s struggles with the celebration of Australia Day vs the history of white settlement and their treatment of the First Nations Peoples once they got here and in the years that followed
I found myself reading with my iPad close by researching and learning as I reading, stopping to listen to music, watch videos or movies and read extra articles about different subjects mentioned throughout the book, giving myself more insights into the truths of this land and of these stories
Belonging and Becoming : as I read I can hear the need to belong and the growth/becoming of self"