Indigenous Journalist Stan Grant Could Commence a Political Career


Stan Grant is in talks with political kingmakers, with a probable intention to begin a career in politics. Grant has accepted the fact that there is very little time to make a decision regarding which party he should join.

Grant, the winner of the Walkley Award for commentary on indigenous affairs, said that he had been discussing with several political parties about securing a seat.

“How do we deal with this (issue of indigenous disadvantage) unless we are involved in the solutions, unless we are involved at the coalface where policy is made and laws are made?” he said.

“If we don’t get involved, then we are nowhere, but is it me? Is it this year? I need to get a lot more things to line up before I make that step.”

It is believed that the Labour party is pushing him to run in the Western Sydney seat of Reid, according to The Australian Financial Review.

While speaking at the National Press Club, Grant stressed on the importance of senior indigenous voices in parliament. He said that it is time for “shouting from the margins” and to include an indigenous treasurer or an indigenous foreign minister.

Grant also articulated that there is no point sitting outside parliament, as policies are made inside it, says The Australian. He said that there are finite seats and his chances of winning seats are even less.

Grant is promoting his new book, “Talking to My Country.” According to publisher Harper Collins, the book is an “extraordinarily powerful and personal meditation on race, culture and national identity.”

Grant challenged the Australian Dream through a speech on racism, which went viral on the Internet last month. It was called “Australian Dream is Rooted in Racism.”

In December 2015, Grant became the indigenous affairs editor at The Guardian Australia.

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