Veteran screen star Noni Hazlehurst has used her Logies Hall Of Fame speech to take aim at the snail-like pace of change within the Australian TV industry.

Hazlehurst said the industry was slow accept women and non-Anglo Saxon Logie nominees Waleed Aly and Lee Lin Chin.

“The fact that I’m only the second woman to be given this honour is merely a reflection of the prevailing guard,” she said.

“As is the suggestion, in some quarters, the eligibility of esteemed colleagues Waleed Aly and Lee Lin Chin going for gold is questionable.

“Things are changing. They’re changing slowly. The great thing about glaciers if you’re not on them you go under.

“I’ve been riding that glacier for 40 years. And I’m staying on top of it.”

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Hazlehurst joins Ruth Cracknell, who was inducted in 2001, as the only females in the Hall Of Fame which started in 1984.

Now starring in A Place To Call Home as Elizabeth Bligh, her career stems back to the mid-seventies.

Her list of TV credits include Division 4, The Sullivans, The Shiralee, City Homicide and even Playschool on which she was a presenter from the late 1970s until 2002.

Hazlehurst said she looks forward to the day when it’s “not an issue whether a man or woman or an Asian person or a Muslim gets anything in this country”.

“We share more similarities than differences and I think I’m really keen to promote that idea because I think any other idea is divisive and potentially disastrous,” she later told reporters.

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The veteran actress, who learnt a month ago she would receive the honour, also touched on depression in her speech.

“The message that I would like to get across to people who are really feeling isolated and alone and like they don’t understand the world anymore is that’s you’re not alone,” she told reporters.

“There are people who do amazing things in the world and you just don’t get to hear about them very often because if they don’t bleed they don’t lead.

“We need to find some balance. And for anyone to say nobody would watch that it’s too worthy, I’d say, well if you knew what people wanted to watch why would there be any failures? It makes no sense.”

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A plethora of TV stars and former co-stars spoke glowingly of Hazlehurst, who was given a standing ovation when she appeared on stage to accept the award.

“One of the most fearless actors that I ever had the pleasure to work opposite,” said Cate Blanchett.

Ernie Dingo said: “When you’ve wanted quality you’ve always added. But now you can just put a name to it and it’s Noni Hazlehurst.”

Five Of Our Favourite Quotes:

#1: “Things are changing. They’re changing slowly. The great thing about glaciers if you’re not on them you go under. I’ve been riding that glacier for 40 years. And I’m staying on top of it.”

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#2: “Three to four-year-olds have the best bullshit detectors, don’t they? They don’t just watch you because you’re there, they want connection and they want real engagement.”

#3: “There are people who do amazing things in the world and you just don’t get to hear about them very often because if they don’t bleed they don’t lead. We need to find some balance. And for anyone to say nobody would watch that it’s too worthy, I’d say, well if you knew what people wanted to watch why would there be any failures? It makes no sense.”

#4: “I started to see the world through a pre-schooler’s eyes to see how free and unafraid they are to just be – they haven’t yet been conditioned – but also how frightened and overwhelmed they are, how easily abused, and particularly how empathetic they are. No child is born a bigot.”

#5: “Shows featuring clips of dogs and cats works because dogs and cats are real and recognisable. They’re spontaneous and truly alive. There’s no fakery, no concocted animosity or competition, no tricky lighting, just lots of love.”

AAP/Staff Writers

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