Stan Grant for PM? Journalist says he might enter politics
WALKLEY-Award winning journalist and indigenous advocate Stan Grant has hinted that he would consider entering politics following the huge national and international response to a speech he gave on Indigneous issues.
In the speech, given to the Ethics Centre, Mr Grant explained how racism lay at the heart of the Australian dream.
It was also described as Australia's "Martin Luther King" moment by former Fairfax columnist Mike Carlton.
Mr Grant was asked what he thought of (indigenous activist) Noel Pearson's regret that he did not enter politics, and "Would you consider seeking election in the Federal Parliament?"
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"The response to the speech that I gave I found so overwhelming and overwhelmingly positive, that the message that I tried to send in that speech I think have been well received," he said.
"To be honest it bewildered me in the first few days.
"If you ask, "What do you do with that?"
"Clearly there is a responsibility and obligation to the words of that speech.
"Yes I would consider some thing.
"It is in my thoughts".
Host Tony Jones interrupted, "Federal politics?"
"Federal politics, potentially advocacy, potentially staying in the media to do what I do," Mr Grant said.
Mr Grant said while it was a possibility, he was a "pragmatic guy" who did not align himself with any party, and wanted Indigenous issues to be "beyond partisan politics".