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RESCHEDULED Talk – Telling Tennant’s Story: The strange career of the great Australian silence by Dean Ashenden

Oct 3, 2023 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Most of us are used to not talking about the relations between our First Nations peoples and ourselves the colonisers, but times are changing and so are we.

Dean Ashenden’s work is therefore timely. His Telling Tennant’s Story provides stories and insights which will help us understand how we got to the situation we find ourselves in. It can give us individually the confidence and honesty we need to face the complexities of truth telling. It can provide material for our conversations and it can help fill our silence.

“While Ashenden may be telling Tennant’s story, he also puts it in a much wider and more troubling context, both over time and into the present day. As we discuss Indigenous Recognition, an Indigenous Voice to parliament, a Makaratta Commission and the importance of truth telling, there is no greater candidate for this prize than one which does so much to smash the great Australian silence.”

– Award judges Laurie Oakes, Laura Tingle and John Warhurst.

A local resident of North Melbourne, Dean Ashenden has worked as an academic and a political adviser, and in journalism. He has contributed to many print outlets, and was presenter of Radio National’s “Education Issues” program. His “Telling Tennant’s Story: The strange career of the great Australian silence” (Black Inc 2022) was inaugural winner of the Australian Political Book of the Year award.





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