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Ambitiously Un-Australian

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[Content warning: Sensitive themes] From being booed off a football field to being booed out of the country, people of colour who take a stand against racism draw swift and severe censure in our public debate. 

Hear from a panel of speakers brought together by First Nations Curator Chelsea Watego as they explore the works of First Nations creatives who have ambitiously critiqued the construction of so-called Australia and the costs of doing so in the settler-colonial state.

Gunditjmara, Bindal, Yorta Yorta and Torres Strait Islander filmmaker, writer and community organiser Tarneen Onus-Williams; Brinja Yuin Koori police scientist and prison abolitionist Amanda Porter; and prize-winning Koori and Lebanese writer Mykaela Saunders (This All Come Back Now), join Watego in conversation.

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander listeners are advised that this episode contains the names of people who have died. 

This episode also includes references to topics such as mental illness, the deaths of First Nations peoples in custody, and suicide. 

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