MISSION: Alwyn Doolan is walking 7000km to Parliament House to meet our nation's leader.
MISSION: Alwyn Doolan is walking 7000km to Parliament House to meet our nation's leader. Matt Collins

PODCAST: 7000km walk to visit our Prime Minister

When a man or woman is passionate for change, nothing will get in their way. Indigenous ambassador Alwyn Doolan is one such man. He is currently on a 7000km journey on foot, starting from the tip of Queensland and walking all the way to Parliament House in Canberra to hopefully meet with the Prime Minister and discuss current indigenous issues. Through his Message Stick Walk, Alwyn is making many friends and collecting a large and loyal following as well as confrontations with caravans, cassowary and former PMs.

LISTEN: Get the full interview with Alwyn Doolan here:

Matt Collins: What is one of the more memorable things that has happened on the journey so far?

Alwyn Doolan: I guess I will never ever forget the day a wedge-tailed eagle saved my life in quite a spiritual way. This eagle had flown down and I thought at first it was trying to attack me, so I got off the road. As I was standing off the road, two cars came along, one in each direction. The camper trailer on one of the cars swung out in the wind and the other car hit it. The camper trailer came off the tow bar and rolled and landed straight in front of me. If I was standing on the road I would've been killed.

MC: Explain to me the significance of the message stick.

AD: For many generations our people have utilised the message stick when passing through neighbouring countries. I particularly get noticed by the upcoming community that I am carrying the message stick, they want to know and they want to listen.

MC: Do you know if our prime minister is aware of your walk?

AD: He may have an inkling after I had a run in with former PM Tony Abbott in Cherbourg last year. Whether that message got passed on in parliament, I don't know.

MC: Speaking of Mr Abbott, what is your opinion of a non-indigenous Australian being the special envoy for indigenous people?

AD: I literally think it is a joke, I can't see past it. I look at Tony Abbott's history when he was prime minister and he was making decisions that put more oppression on our communities. He is not culturally appropriate.

MC: Do you ever have days when you get sick of walking?

AD: I do have rough days, but I have trained my mind to not look at the full scope of the walk. It can be very solitary along the way. You do start talking to yourself but I really just take each day by day and listen to my body. I write in a journal and some days it is just pages of swear words, because there is no one to vent it to so I just write it all down.

MC: So much time on your own, do you ever get scared?

AD: I had a stand-off with a cassowary in the Daintree, luckily I knew what to do. I saw the claws and I heard they can kill you.

MC: If you do get a chance to speak with our nation's leader, what do you hope will come out of it?

AD: Not only do I want our leader to agree to this notice, but hopefully I have created enough awareness out there and the change will come from us being united and putting together some sort of goal or infrastructure that can work for us to move forward.

MC: What message would you give to all Australians?

AD: If we don't make change, what hope do we have for our next generation? It's about having an understanding compassion towards the two worlds that are here now and moving forward together on a healing process.

LISTEN: Get the full interview with Alwyn Doolan here:

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