Craig Foster AM addresses the National Press Club of Australia




Published on Aug 5, 2022

Scott Morrison


Politics, News, Finance, Government, Australia


Craig Foster AM, Former Socceroo, Broadcaster, Adjunct Professor Sport & Social Responsibility, and Human Rights Activist addresses the National Press Club of Australia on "Human Rights, Democracy & Global Citizenry - Recovering Australia's Humanity & Place in the World: 2021 ANU Australia & the World Lecture".

This speech was originally broadcast on ABC TV on Wednesday, 23rd March 2022.

We live in one of the luckiest countries in the world yet we treat refugees so badly. I often mentally put myself in their shoes. How would I go fleeing to another country, unable to speak the language and then being locked up like a criminal for years? My view is that if everyone treated everyone else as they themselves would like to be treated, there would be no wars and no human suffering. Thank you Craig for a wonderful speech, and thank you for your work.

Civil courage. A clear description of Australia as it has become. Craig can be passionate, fair and clear simultaneously. The questions are what can we do about it? One of the best speeches I've seen in many years. Challenging, inspiring, and overdue. This is the kind of leadership we need. Nothing but a brilliant speech from Craig Foster. Pulled no punches and clearly described Australia's attitude today to racism, refugees and climate change.

I had to take a mid-way break. Remarkable that Craig could maintain that intensity without even sipping a glass of water! I find it so exhausting listening to just how rancid Australia has become. Kudos to you Craig, bring on the change we so desperately need as a Nation. This would have to be one of the most unapologetically honest speeches I have ever on our inequities and injustices ever. I vote for Craig as PM.

Fantastic work Foz! Thank you for tirelessly using your profile to draw attention to the plight of these poor people who just wanted to craft a better life for themselves. It’s disappointing that our government continues this deplorable policy that also makes their mates incredibly rich off the refugees’ suffering. What ever happened to embracing our multi cultural differences? It’s what makes us collectively Australian.


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