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In a landmark essay, Stan Grant writes indigenous people back into the economic and multicultural history of Australia. This is the fascinating story of how fringe dwellers fought not just to survive but to prosper. Their legacy is the extraordinary flowering of indigenous success - cultural, sporting, intellectual and social - that we see today.

Yet this flourishing coexists with the boys of Don Dale and the many others like them who live in the shadows of the nation. Grant examines how such Australians have been denied the possibilities of life and argues eloquently that history is not destiny, that culture is not static. In doing so he makes the case for a more capacious Australian dream.

'The idea that I am Australian hits me with a thud. It is a blinding self-realisation that collides with the comfortable notion of who I am. To be honest, for an indigenous person it can feel like a betrayal somehow - at the very least a capitulation. We are so used to telling ourselves that Australia is a white country: am I now white? The reality is more ambiguous.... To borrow from Franz Kafka, identity is a cage in search of a bird.' (Stan Grant, The Australian Dream)

Stan Grant is Indigenous Affairs editor for the ABC and chair of Indigenous Affairs at Charles Sturt University. He won the 2015 Walkley Award for coverage of indigenous affairs and is the author of The Tears of Strangers and Talking to My Country.

©2016 Stan Grant (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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Stan Grant rocks!

I really enjoyed this. Moving, heartbreaking and thought provoking. Stan Grant is very modest considering his great influence.

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  • Dr.J.A.P.
  • 08-02-2019

An Aboriginal talking about Aboriginals

Stan Grant is an Aboriginal journalist who works for CNN, this work is about his people, and his own experiences, and what it means to be a high achieving aboriginal.... he's got some harsh words for knee jerk liberals who patronize his people and expect them to NOT take part in western society to the fullest of their abilities.

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  • steveandtoni
  • 18-07-2018

Thank you Stan

An important story and one that challenges misconceptions about Aboriginal people and culture

Highly recommended

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  • 02-03-2017

Thought Provoking

Stan Grant deserves enormous credit for laying out a very carefully thought out conception of how to think about the situation of modern indigenous Australians. He is careful to refer to a lot of former research and tries to highlight both sides of many controversial topics. I learned an enormous amount. He also reads the essay quite well.

In the spirit of reconciliation, Audible Australia acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respect to their elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.