AFI Award winning writer and director Richard Franland encouraged teachers to recognise students' cultural backgrounds, in a speech to Aboriginal Members Conference. Listen, learn, respect, integrity, honour, compassion and courage are principles that Richard Frankland wants Aboriginal and nonAboriginal Australians to base their lives on. The renowned playwright, director, songwriter and activist shared his beliefs in an engaging and thought-provoking keynote speech at the Aboriginal Members Conference on May 18.
Mr Frankland, a proud Gunditjmara man, bases his music and storytelling on his life experiences, including his time as a field officer during the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody. This was the catalyst for his acclaimed play Who Killed Malcolm Smith?