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Stan Grant Is Thinking About Getting Into Politics And Now Everyone's Excited

Yes we Stan?

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TV journalist Stan Grant has admitted to thinking about becoming a politician after receiving an overwhelming response to his viral speech about Indigenous injustice.


Grant, a Wiradjuri man, used an appearance on ABC's Q&A on Monday night to tell host Tony Jones he's been thinking hard about his next move.

"Yes I would consider something. Is it in my thoughts? Yes it is in my thoughts," said Grant.

Tony Jones replied: "Federal politics?"

"Federal politics, potentially advocacy, potentially staying in the media and to do what I do. In some way having an obligation to the words of that speech."

And people were totally into the idea.

Indigenous people at the forefront of a national conversation. There's a novel idea. But a good one! #qanda

Stan speaks in a voice for all of us - one that can explain the trauma, while uniting and unifying @QandA

Stan Grant you would be a remarkable & much needed addition to Federal Politics #QandA

Some suggested he'd be a marquee recruit for a political party ahead of this year's election.

Stan Grant is interested in Federal Politics. Political leaders texting him as I type #Qanda

Earlier in the show, Grant received wide praise for saying the date of Australia Day could be moved to a less offensive date for Aboriginal people... suggesting a future date that Australia becomes a republic.

Stan Grant suggests a new Australia Day date could naturally be the future date of the republic #qanda

Grant shot into the national spotlight last month after video of a speech he gave about Indigenous injustice at Melbourne Town Hall was posted on Facebook.

View this video on YouTube

"The Australian Dream is rooted in racism," said Grant at the IQ debate held last year.

"It is the very foundation of the dream. It is there at the birth of the nation. It is there in terra nullius. An empty land. A land for the taking. Sixty-thousand years of occupation."

The video has been shared tens of thousands of times and has been widely praised.

Prominent Indigenous leader Noel Pearson called the speech a "tour de force", saying "it was speech the like of which we have never heard."

In the meantime, Stan Grant's powerful and inspiring messages mean there'll be even more questions about his political future. So will it be... Yes We Stan?


Mark Di Stefano is a media and politics correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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