A sound installation directed by Lynden Nicholls
Research - Dr. Fred Cahir & Lynden Nicholls
Sound Engineer - Michael Westlake

Facing Up is a continuous sound installation commenting on prime ministerial statements concerning Australia’s Indigenous population, covering issues such as land rights, citizenship and treaty from 1901 to the present day.

Until a referendum in 1967, the states of Australia retained control of Aboriginal Affairs. The words of the Prime Ministers, sourced from original spoken or written documents and juxtaposed with words from Aboriginal political activists of the same period, expose racist attitudes that were common place during the 20th century. Light editing has ensured a greater chronological flow.

Edmund Barton

Edmund Barton

Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin

John Watson

John Watson

George Reid

George Reid

Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher

Joseph Cook

Joseph Cook

William Hughes

William Hughes

Stanley Bruce

Stanley Bruce

James Scullin

James Scullin

Joseph Lyons

Joseph Lyons

Earle Page

Earle Page

Robert Menzies

Robert Menzies

Arthur Fadden

Arthur Fadden

John Curtin

John Curtin

Francis Forde

Francis Forde

Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley

Harold Holt

Harold Holt

John McEwan

John McEwan

John Gorton

John Gorton

William McMahon

William McMahon

Gough Whitlam

Gough Whitlam

Malcolm Fraser

Malcolm Fraser

Robert Hawke

Robert Hawke

Paul Keating

Paul Keating

John Howard

John Howard

Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd

Julia Gillard

Julia Gillard

Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott

Malcolm Turnbull

Malcolm Turnbull