Take The Gurrumul Challenge: Lifting Your ‘Goodeswill’ To The Next Level


The enormous outpouring of support for AFL star Adam Goodes is obviously a bloody good thing, albeit long overdue. But supporting Aboriginal Australia requires more than just tweeting support for a sports star being booed every time he touches the ball.

Real support for black Australia requires taking an ongoing interest in the things being done to them by our government, in our name.

It’ll also help if Australians start embracing the extraordinary things that Aboriginal people – and culture – have to offer.

So we’ve devised a simple test to determine how far you are along that path.

1. Watch the video below.

2. If it doesn’t inspire you, give you goosebumps, and make you swell with pride at the fact you live amongst the oldest continuing culture on earth… then you might have a little bit more work to do.

PS. The song, Gathu Mawula, is written by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, and this version is a collaboration with Blue King Brown, and also features the Chooky Dancers.

Chris Graham is the publisher and editor of New Matilda. He is the former founding managing editor of the National Indigenous Times and Tracker magazine. In more than three decades of journalism he's had his home and office raided by the Australian Federal Police; he's been arrested and briefly jailed in Israel; he's reported from a swag in Outback Australia on and off for years. Chris has worked across multiple mediums including print, radio and film. His proudest achievement is serving as an Associate producer on John Pilger's 2013 film Utopia. He's also won a few journalism awards along the way in both the US and Australia, including a Walkley Award, a Walkley High Commendation and two Human Rights Awards. Since late 2021, Chris has been battling various serious heart and lung conditions. He's begun the process of quietly planning a "gentle exit" after "tying up a few loose ends" in 2024 and 2025. So watch this space.