Indigenous Speeches Research Essay

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Speeches are an iconic and widely used means of expression for our political leaders, particularly when discussing issues of importance such as Indigenous Australia. Paul Keating’s ‘Redfern Speech’ and Kevin Rudd’s ‘Apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples’ are the two political speeches which I will be analysing in this paper.

The structure of this paper will follow the Cultural Competency Framework as a means for exploring the above stated speeches. This framework moves through knowledge; informed practice/informed decision; and positive/effective learning and development. At the knowledge stage the content, importance and effect of the speeches will be explored, as well as their context. To address informed practice/informed decision the paper looks more closely at the issues which are raised in the speeches and their impact on Indigenous Australians. Finally positive/effective learning and development will be acknowledged through the exploration of the education implications that these issues can have in the classroom.

Analysis of Paul Keating’s Redfern Park Speech
The Redfern Park Speech (Year for the World’s Indigenous Peoples) was given by the Hon Paul Keating PM on the 10th of December 1992. The speech was delivered in the suburb of Redfern, the epicentre of Aboriginal culture in Sydney at the time and home to the Koori people. This speech recognised that European settlers, and their descendants, are responsible for the hardships that Aboriginal Australia has
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