Noel Pearson Praises The Australian’s Coverage Of Indigenous Issues In 50th Anniversary Speech

, - July 15, 2014

Noel Pearson, the Cape York Partnership chairman, has praised The Australian’s coverage of indigenous affairs over the past 50 years.

Pearson spoke at a Gala Dinner to celebrate the anniversary of the paper’s founding on July 15, 1964.

Pearson said: “The Australian brought indigenous affairs into the mainstream of national reporting and policy debate. Ever since The Australian declared Eddie Mabo its Australian of the Year in 1992, following his historic and controversial victory in the High Court, the paper’s coverage of native title, reconciliation and the fundamental reassessments of indigenous policy of the past dozen years was newspaper campaigning at its relentless best.”

“The dialectic of the national conversation plays out on the pages of The Australian,” Pearson said.

Rupert Murdoch and Prime Minister Tony Abbott also spoke at the dinner.

Click here to download the transcript of Noel Pearson’s speech at the Gala Dinner celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Australian newspaper.