• Damien Monkhorst and Michael Long made national headlines over an incident of racial vilification in a 1995 Anzac Day game between Collingwood and Essendon (AAP)Source: AAP
It’s been 20 years since Damien Monkhorst and Michael Long made national headlines over an incident of racial vilification in a 1995 Anzac Day game between Collingwood and Essendon.
27 Jun 2015 - 11:11 AM  UPDATED 27 Jun 2015 - 11:14 AM

The moment caused pain to players and divided fans. The incident forced the AFL to change the way it did business.

Among those changes was the development of the AFL Indigenous Round and racial vilification laws- Stan Grant talks to major players about that day and the years that have followed.

The panel

Gilbert McAdam 
Gilbert grew up in Alice Springs with nine siblings. His mother is from the nearby Arunda clan and his father was a stolen generation man from the Kidja clan in the Kimberleys.

This man hails from a reputable sporting family where his father was president of the South Alice Football Club. Gilbert’s love of sport was nurtured by his older brother Greg who propelled him to excel in football.

In 1989 he began to be recognised for all his hard work and won the Magarey Medal and a premiership with Central Districts in the SANFL competition. In 1993 he featured in a momentous match at Victoria Park when Nicky Winmar lifted his Guernsey and pointed at his black skin with pride.

Gilbert now works as a sports development officer with the Academy of Sport, Health and Education in Victoria and last year he was inducted into the AFLNT Hall of Fame.

Michael Long
Michael Long’s parents were removed from their families as children and raised in the Tiwi Islands. His parents’ experiences and tenacity have been an inspiration behind his fight against racial discrimination.

He made his NTFL debut at 16 with St Mary’s Football Club in Darwin and played 52 games for them, winning premierships between 1986 and 1988.

Michael Long opened the $15 million Michael Long Learning and Leadership Centre in March this year to support athletes from remote regions.
It's expected that 700 remote students will go through the centre in 2015. The first intake of 25 young men who showed leadership potential means five players will be given a football contract with the NT Thunder and asked to take on an anti-violence ambassador role.

Professor Colin Tatz
Professor Colin was first exposed to prejudice by watching black servants be abused in his own home in South Africa while he was a child, and the discrimination he experienced at school as a Jewish boy.

His younger years have coloured his following career as an academic of politics and sociology and historian of the holocaust and Aboriginal sport.

In 1964 he founded and was the initial director of what is now the Monash Indigenous Centre.

He is currently Visiting Fellow in Politics and International Relations at the Australian National University. He prides himself as founding director of the Australian Institute for Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Sydney.

Tony Peek
Tony worked in various sports media roles before joining the AFL as a media manager in 1989.

In November 2003 he was appointed to his current role as Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer.

Following the racist abuse of Essendon’s Michael Long by Collingwood ruckman Damien Monkhorst at the Anzac Day match in 1995, Tony Peek was a key player in creating the 1995 racial vilification code.

Education was the primary focus of the policy but it also created opportunity to lodge a complaint and go through confidential mediation.