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AS the grand­daugh­ter of late Abo­rig­i­nal ac­tivist Char­lie Perkins, pol­i­tics has played a big role in Madeleine Mad­den’s life.

En­sur­ing she con­tin­ues his legacy of be­ing an ac­tive voice for change is im­por­tant to the 18-yearold ac­tress.

“I think all Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple are born with an urge for a po­lit­i­cal voice be­cause we’ve al­ways had to stand up for our­selves,” she says.

“I’ve al­ways been pas­sion­ate about try­ing to do the best I can in my com­mu­nity.”

And one of those ways is mak­ing sure she show­cases pos­i­tive in­dige­nous sto­ries. Case in point is her latest pro­ject, teen drama Ready For This. Pro­duced by Black­fella Films (Red­fern Now, First Con­tact), it cen­tres on six tal­ented in­dige­nous teens who move to Syd­ney to chase their dreams.

Mad­den is Zoe, a tal­ented sprinter who strug­gles to fit into her new school – and faces se­ri­ous sport­ing com­pe­ti­tion for the first time in her life.

“She’s learn­ing that you have to work re­ally hard for what you want,” Mad­den says. “And that you have to speak up and be present in so­ci­ety to make a mark.” It’s a les­son Mad­den learnt early. At 13, she was re­cruited to front a cam­paign for Gen­er­a­tion One, the na­tional move­ment to en­cour­age em­ploy­ers to hire more in­dige­nous work­ers.

“There were so many pos­i­tive out­comes for the cam­paign and Aus­tralia took a step for­ward,” Mad­den says. “To make change you need to ed­u­cate and you need to do it vo­cally and vis­i­bly. That’s why I take my ca­reer so, so se­ri­ously – I want to be a suc­cess­ful ac­tor but I also want to make Abo­rig­i­nal peo­ple a vis­i­ble part of our so­ci­ety.”

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