Voice of First Nations Australians in media
Nova’s latest podcast addition, Not So PG with Matty Mills and Brooke Blurton launched this month, with the first episode exploring both fun and serious topics to get the ball rolling.
The show shares the experiences the pair never had the parental guidance for growing up, the challenges they face as Queer First Nations members and also provides a few good laughs with topics like, ‘youse’ being an ick.
Radio Today had to opportunity to speak with Brooke and Matty about their lives and careers on the most recent episode of Radio Today Tonight.
Taking a serious turn in the discussion, the pair touched on the changes they would like to see for First Nations people in Australia and the challenges they’ve personally faced.
As prominent indigenous figures in the media community, the pair feel they have both had their share of backlash for who they are but pushed through regardless.
“The amount of pushback that we probably have, you know, just because of our aboriginality or because we don’t look a certain way or whatever, we have always sort of defeated those,” said Brooke.
Social worker turned Bachelorette, Brooke was Australia’s first indigenous lead and the world’s first bisexual Bachelorette on Australia’s season seven, exploring both male and female suitors.
Brooke says that despite her challenges, she has been the one that has pushed to achieve her goals and that nothing happened by chance.
“Some people will be like, you’re so lucky that you can do these things, it’s like, no, it’s not luck, it’s hard work,” said Brooke.
“I feel like I’ve tried to always challenge people’s thinking and people’s way of being because that’s what the system has told us, that we’re not good enough.”
“We deserve to be in this space.”
Dealing with similar challenges, Matty Mills, known for his time as a host on Getaway, has joined forces with Brooke to bring forward the podcast and combine the pair’s voices to advocate for First Nations people.
“I think that my purpose in life is to make sure that the systems and structures that were built, that this country lives by and operates through are relooked at and dismantled,” said Matty.
“I think that the brutality of colonisation still exists today, and especially for First Nations people and that all the work that I do, I always have that in the back of my mind – how can I dismantle or disrupt those structures – because they shouldn’t still exist.”
Together, Brooke and Matty are part of the modern charge for First Nations people and will continue to have the conversations on their podcast that will change the landscape in Australia.
“I also think that Brooke and I are examples of change. We obviously have kicked down the doors to a lot of rooms that our parents and our ancestors wouldn’t have ever been invited into,” said Matty.
“I think that one of the things I recognise is that small conversations lead to big change and I truly do believe that sometimes change should take a while. Sometimes the process of change and the amount of conversations are extremely valuable, so quick change to me isn’t the way – it means that the lesson might be skipped.”
“So small conversations lead to big change and I think you can see that across the board in this country.”
Watch this space and follow along with the pair’s modern conversations via the Not So PG podcast.
Listen to the full Radio Today Tonight podcast for more from Not So PG’s Brooke Blurton and Matty Mills.