Lidia Thorpe exposes why she thinks Anthony Albanese’s Voice to Parliament is hurting Aboriginal people
Lidia Thorpe claims the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum is doing more harm to the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by tearing communities apart.
Thorpe leads the ‘progressive no’ bloc, and believes The Voice would lack power and doesn’t support the inclusion of Indigenous Australians in the constitution.
The Gunnai, Gunditjmara and Djab Warrung woman says nothing will change for Indigenous people regardless of whether the Yes or No vote gets up.
‘Nothing changes if it’s a yes or no vote,’ she said.
‘Our people are still dying at the hands of the system, the system is still racist.
Lidia Thorpe (pictured) has claimed the Voice to Parliament referendum is tearing Indigenous communities apart
‘Our people are hurting more now, I think, than (during) the George Floyd moment,’ she said, describing The Voice referendum as an ‘absolute nightmare’.
‘There are communities being torn apart, families are fighting one another over Yes or No.
‘What do we get at the end of the day…we get crumbs on the table. And that is not good enough.’
She has specifically called for the implementation of recommendations from the 1991 Royal Commission into Aboriginal deaths in custody and Bringing Them Home report.
Meanwhile, Australians living in remote communities are set to begin casting their votes in the referendum at mobile voting stations.
The Independent Aboriginal senator believes nothing will change for Indigenous people regardless of whether the Yes or No vote gets up
Australians living in remote communities are set to begin casting their votes in the referendum at mobile voting stations early
Helicopters, four-wheel drives and even boats are being used by the Australian Electoral Commission to reach remote corners of the country.
Given the logistically challenging task of accessing remote communities, voting in these areas has opened 19 days ahead of the October 14 referendum date.
Early voting at other locations will start on October 2.
It comes as the latest poll for the Voice to Parliament shows just over a third of Australians – 36 per cent – will vote Yes.
The results were unveiled in the latest Newspoll survey, which gathered responses from 1,239 voters.
The latest Newspoll shows support for ‘Yes’ at 36 per cent, down 2 points in 3 weeks, while ‘No’ has risen to 56 per cent, up 3 points from the previous poll, marking the lowest support and highest opposition levels yet (pictured, Anthony Albanese speaks during a Yes rally)
The decline in support for the Voice marks a two-point fall in the past three weeks.
Opposition to the historic referendum has risen slightly to 56 per cent with less than three weeks until polling day.
Support among women has fallen from 41 per cent to 36 per cent but the proportion of those saying they would vote No has risen nine points to 57 per cent.
Meanwhile, support for the Voice has risen among men by three points to 36 per cent, while those with university educations have also seen a rise to 54 per cent.
However, of most concern to the Yes campaign will be the fall in support among those aged 18 to 34 which is the strongest support base for the Voice.
Support among that demographic has fallen five points to 50 per cent – down from 70 per cent at the start of the year – while those backing No have risen four points to 41 per cent.