By Situation Theatre 26/1/2016
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott has let loose on Guardian Australia’s Indigenous affairs editor Stan Grant. Following the incredible reaction to Grant’s powerful speech on racism and the Australian dream, Abbott unleashed a tirade against the Walkey Award winning journalist.
Abbott filmed an impassioned Snapchat which he then sent directly to Grant, who leaked it to his colleagues at the Guardian. Here is the transcript of the now infamous Snapchat:
Why don’t you go back to where you came from Stan: current affairs journalism. I liked you on Real Life but ever since you’ve been at the Guardian you’ve been absolute garbage.
Asked by a Channel Seven journalist Mark Riley whether, given Grant’s Indigenous heritage, it was a poor and ironic choice of words, Abbott opted for a bizarre and prolonged silence.