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REDFERN: Damien Minton Gallery in Great Buckingham Street will host an exhibition commemorating the 20th anniversary of Paul Keating’s Reconciliation Speech. The special event on Saturday December 8, 4-6pm, will feature Gail Mabo, painter and daughter of land rights activist Eddie Mabo, reciting the speech live.
On December 10, 1992, at Redfern Park, then Prime Minister Paul Keating gave the Australian launch of the International Year for the World’s Indigenous People with a speech that is now seen as a defining moment in Australian history. He spoke to a largely Indigenous audience, and at the time there was little press coverage of the speech. But its fame grew. In 2007, listeners to ABC Radio National voted the Redfern speech as their third most “unforgettable speech”, behind Martin Luther King's “I have a dream”, and Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.