Racist letter left in mailbox of Yes supporter in Sunbury as Indigenous Voice debate turns ugly
A leadership mentor has been left shocked after receiving a vile and racist letter slamming them for supporting the Voice referendum.
Dr Richard Hodge found the letter in the mailbox of his house at Sunbury, in Melbourne‘s north-west, on Monday.
The letter was filled with a number of vile racial slurs calling Dr Hodge a ‘fake c**n’ and ‘virtue signaller’ before levelling several insults at Indigenous Australians.
‘What do the A*** do for Australia, besides suck $34billion from the Australian taxpayer every year,’ it read.
Dr Hodge was shocked after learning the letter had been sent from Northgate – a suburb in Brisbane that is 1,800km from his house.
A leadership mentor who has a Vote Yes sign on his lawn (pictured) has been targeted with vile racist abuse for showing his support for an Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Dr Hodge was shocked to realise that the letter (pictured) was posted to his Sunbury, Victoria home from the Brisbane suburb of Northgate, 1,800km away
‘So this is an organised campaign,’ the former Australian Defence Force scientist told Daily Mail Australia.
‘This isn’t some upstart who is upset in the neighborhood.’
Dr Hodge believes a disgruntled local told someone in Queensland that he had put up a Vote Yes sign, leading to the distressing letter being sent to his house.
The letter was postmarked September 13 – a week after Dr Hodge put up the sign.
He said the letter left him feeling like he had been ‘kicked in the guts’ and compared it to his feeling years ago when his home was broken into.
‘Things were destroyed within the house then, and that empty feeling was the only other time I’d felt like this,’ Dr Hodge said.
‘But this was in fact, even worse because of the vile nature of the abuse.’
Dr Hodge has contacted the police about the letter, and slammed the message in a fiery Twitter post.
‘The behaviour we walk past is the behaviour we accept,’ he wrote.
He said the kind of debate that leads to abusive letters being sent to people for their views on a referendum question ‘has been brought in from Trump’s playbook in America.’
‘It catalyzes people to shout all of the vile things and ignore common sense. I’ll call out Peter Dutton in particular, he has done nothing but amplify it by continually pouring fuel on the flames.
‘This is a symptom of the lack of leadership at the political level,’ he said.
With 25 days to go before the referendum on October 14, there is a fear that the hostility between residents with opposing views will worsen.
The Yes campaign is hoping its latest ad campaign featuring a young Indigenous boy asking simple questions will change how people intend to vote, as all recent polling figures say its headed for a big defeat.
Dr Richard Hodge (pictured) tweeted the anonymous letter, which called him a ‘Fake c**n’, to show the abuse being used in the campaign for the October 14 referendum
Labor-aligned advertising expert Dee Madigan said the ad ’empowers the viewer’ and that using a child in a TV ad was ‘smart because parents instinctively listen when they hear a child’s voice – so it cuts through.’
The end line – ‘yes makes it possible’ – is ‘particularly powerful, she said, before going on to deem it a ‘good ad’.
The most recent Resolve Political Monitor survey showed just 43 per cent of voters supported a plan to enshrine the Voice into the Constitution, down 20 percentage points from a year ago.
It remains to be seen if the ad featuring the young boy has the same effect as the one using the John Farnham song You’re The Voice – that people like the ad, but it doesn’t make them more likely to vote Yes.
Sky News host Andrew Bolt has brutally ripped into the latest Yes campaign ad featuring a young Indigenous boy.
The 30-second ad features the Aboriginal boy asking Australians to consider a series of simple questions about his future urging them to vote Yes.
‘Will I grow up in a country that hears my voice? Will I live as long as other Australians? Will I get to go to a good school?’ the boy asked.
Sky News presenter Andrew Bolt has brutally ripped into the latest Yes campaign ad featuring a young Indigenous boy (pictured)