Twenty years after Redfern

Terrible, isn’t it, but I missed this at the time even though I (and M) was living just up the road from Redfern Park in Surry Hills and had until June 1992 been living in Little Eveleigh Street, Redfern. But here it is, twenty years ago today – one of the great speeches of Australia: Prime Minister Paul Keating at the launch of Australia’s celebration of the 1993 International Year of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, Redfern Park, 10 December 1992.

There were some two cheers items in the Weekend Australian and others have made the obvious point that twenty years on things are not as good as we might have hoped back in 1988 or 1992. Even so, for me this speech is a landmark still.

We also have this year a dedicated Indigenous Channel switching on at free-to-air digital Channel 34.

It is time to stop what you are doing and switch your television onto channel 34 Freeview and join the rest of Australia in welcoming Australia’s newest kid on the block, National Indigenous Television, NITV broadcasting free-to-air from 12pm on the 12th December 2012.

NITV is the Australian channel dedicated to sharing the stories, dreams and aspirations of Australia’s first People have found a place on Australian television and it’s finally free.

A special television event will begin with the broadcast on Channel 34 LIVE from Uluru, the heart and cultural heartbeat of our nation from 12pm. This special event hosted by international journalist and presenter, Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts will begin at the heart of our nation and cross LIVE to our people from NITV News on the ground around the nation from the Torres Strait Islands to the east coast of Australia.

Broadcast from Uluru

The special 2 hour event from 12pm will begin with Stan Grant and Rhoda Roberts welcoming the national audience to NITV Free to Air. An Inma will be performed by the traditional owners the Anangu peoples, welcoming the nation to their country.


From the Heart of Our Nation Sunset Concert what a better way to celebrate than showcase the talents of Australian Indigenous performers including Archie Roach, Christine Anu, Troy Cassar-Daley, Warren H William, Tjupi Band, Casey Donovan, Dan Sultan, Frank Yamma and hosted by our own talented man Ernie Dingo. The special 2 hour live event will begin at 8pm.

December Programming

To celebrate the launch NITV will present to you in the month of December deadly Indigenous programing that will entertain, educate and challenge you on the cultures of Australia’s first people, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. From the Heart of our Nation to the Australian premier of Toomelah, to the return of series 2 of Move It Mob Style, Bushwacked, the confronting documentary Tall Man and First Australians, the Jimmy Little Memorial Concert, Barefoot Summer series, Yarramundi Kids, NITV News and a whole lot more.


I will certainly be exploring what is on offer. See also Dawn rises on new TV venture.