I watched Stan Grant's speech a few days ago. Like many others I had him placed in a box of low expectations, largely based on his history as a commercial TV star and his too perfect movie idol good looks.
Grant here refers to the way crowds booed Australian Rules footballer, Adam Goodes. How in that moment, a howl of pain was heard that mocked any notion of the 'Australian dream' ...
Aboriginal Australians number three per cent of the total Australian population, Grant tells us, but make up 25 per cent of the country's prison population (an Indigenous child is more likely to be 'locked up', he says, than to finish secondary school).
Commentators in Australia have rushed to make comparisons with foreign speakers to bestow some credit on Grant, who responded differently to the speech's success, speaking instead of family and the many Aboriginal Australian activists, elders, writers and artists.
Those who came before. Grant's voice, he says, is just one among many, never hidden forever present.