ANDREW DENTON: You are a Kokoberra woman.
TANIA MAJOR: Yes.
ANDREW DENTON: Grew up in Kowanyama. What does being a Kokoberra woman mean?
TANIA MAJOR: A Kokoberra woman means I’m from Kowanyama in a right Aboriginal community, in Cape York.
ANDREW DENTON: Aha.
TANIA MAJOR: I’m from a particular tribal group. It means I’m six foot two, I’m intellectual, I’m bullet proof.
ANDREW DENTON: Mhm.
TANIA MAJOR: And it means, don’t mess with me Andrew Denton.
LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE
TANIA MAJOR: Cos I can see on your head.
ANDREW DENTON: I’m not messing with you Tania.
- From Enough Rope 26 May 2008
This 26 year-old Young Australian of the Year 2007 is a complete inspiration. In respect to discussions of indigenous people in this country, I can (with relief) say I have never heard so much commonsense, honesty and intelligence come from anyone's mouth as it does from Tania's.
And shit she's funny. Watch the video, it's grand.