Indigenous Voice to Parliament: Lidia Thorpe calls for focus on treaty, truth and Blak Republic
Ms Thorpe demanded the Prime Minister abandon the Voice and pursue treaty, ‘truth’ and a ‘Blak Republic’.
The firebrand senator is the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in the Senate and is a proud DjabWurrung Gunnai Gunditjmara woman.
Ms Thorpe has been a staunch opponent of the referendum and launched into her latest attack on ABC’s Kitchen Cabinet with the segment to air on Tuesday night.
She said she was concerned the Voice lacked ‘real power’ and suggested the Senate should be expanded to offer independent seats for First Nation representatives.
Lidia Thorpe won’t support the Indigenous Voice to Parliament because she says it contains no ‘real power’ for Indigenous people
Ms Thorpe wants Anthony Albanese to abandon the voice and instead pursue a treaty, ‘truth’ and a ‘Blak Republic’
‘Why would First Nations people almost surrender and go into a constitution that we never asked for?’ Ms Thorpe said.
‘We need to go back to that and say, hang on, we haven’t said that you’re allowed here yet.
‘You haven’t conquered us and you haven’t killed us off, haven’t wiped us out.’
Ms Thorpe elaborated on one of her demands after calling for Mr Albanese to pursue ‘truth’.
‘I think it’s important that every person who lives in this country understands the history and the true history of this country,’ she said.
At the centre of Ms Thorpe’s Blak republic sovereignty agenda is a push for a treaty, and afterwards, an Aboriginal-led republic.
Ms Thorpe has previously said ’10 independent Blak seats [could be added to] the parliament today’ on the basis that sovereignty was never ceded.
She argued the same argument holds for a treaty and that a referendum is not required to bring it about.
The impassioned senator said a ‘Blak’ Republic would guarantee that First Nations people would have ‘real power’ and maintain their sovereignty over the land.
It would allow Indigenous people to ‘take back what was ours in the first place and share it in a way that we know how best to do’.
‘I mean our whole culture is based on sharing and caring. So a Blak Republic would ensure that everybody in this country is looked after,’ she said.
Ms Thorpe said she was in parliament to ‘infiltrate’ and ‘question the practices of colonial governance’.
‘To remind them that we have not ceded sovereignty and to remind them that they don’t have consent to destroy the country and they don’t have consent to make decisions for our people,’ she said.
At the centre of Ms Thorpe’s Blak republic sovereignty agenda is a push for a treaty, and afterwards, an Aboriginal-led Republic
‘The decisions have to come from the people.’
A nationwide poll has revealed support for the Voice to Parliament is plummeting with only 38 per cent of the population planning to vote Yes.
The polling, conducted by Newspoll for The Australian, shows the No vote tracking at 53 per cent about six week’s out from the October 14 referendum – the first time support for the No vote has risen to an outright majority.
The alarming new data on Sunday comes as iconic Aussie singer John Farnham provided his song You’re The Voice for an official ad for the Yes campaign.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is hoping the star power of the 74-year-old will help improve the gloomy outlook as Labor’s popularity also takes a dive.
The opposition is now leading Labor 37 per cent to 35 per cent on primary votes – the first time the Coalition has been ahead since May last year.
Mr Albanese and Labor party however still hold a significant lead when it comes to the two-party preferred data – ahead by 53-47 per cent.