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ABC host Stan Grant to step down from Q+A, citing 'relentless' racial abuse



Indigenous television presenter and host of the ABC's Q+A Stan Grant is stepping down from the program, citing "relentless" racial abuse.

In a first-person piece published to the public broadcaster's website this afternoon, Grant said the "racial filth" had heightened since his appearance on the broadcaster's coverage of King Charles III's coronation.

"Racism is a crime. Racism is violence. And I have had enough," he wrote.

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"On social media my family and I are regularly racially mocked or abused.

"This is not new. Barely a week goes by when I am not racially targeted.

"My wife is targeted with abuse for being married to a Wiradjuri man.

"I don't even read it, yet I can't escape it.

"People stop me in the street to tell me how vile it is.

"They tell me how sorry they are.

"Although I try to shield myself from it, the fact it is out there poisons the air I breathe."

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Stan Grant said he has been subjected to relentless racial abuse which has worsened since he appeared on the ABC's coverage of the coronation of King Charles III.

He said since appearing on the ABC's coronation coverage, during which he criticised the crown, the abuse had worsened.

"I was invited to contribute to the ABC's coverage as part of a discussion about the legacy of the monarchy. I pointed out that the crown represents the invasion and theft of our land," Grant wrote.

"In the name of the crown my people were segregated on missions and reserves.

"Police wearing the seal of the crown took children from their families.

"Under the crown our people were massacred."

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was asked about Grant's resignation while in Japan for the G7 summit and described the journalist as "someone who has my respect".

"I think we need to be really cognisant in the lead-up to the referendum (on the Voice to parliament) about some of the hurtful comments that have been made.

"You only have to look at one of my social media feeds to see some of the comments that, quite frankly, are completely out of line.

"We can have respect for different views without engaging in vilification, and that's important."

Grant, a Wiradjuri man, first started working at the ABC in 2017 and began his tenure as the host of the public broadcaster's flagship show in August 2022.

After Queen Elizabeth II died in 2022, he wrote of his "choking asphyxiating anger at the suffering and injustice my people endure" and said history "is written as a hymn to whiteness".

The award-winning host also criticised the ABC for failing to support him publicly while he was subjected to the abuse.

"Not one ABC executive has publicly refuted the lies written or spoken about me. I don't hold any individual responsible; this is an institutional failure," he wrote.

He said Monday's Q+A will be his last.

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