An Indigenous woman has thanked Australians for voting No to the Voice to Parliament referendum, which was resoundingly defeated over the weekend.
The woman, who has long rallied against the proposal, shared a video to her social media account praising the community on Monday.
‘Thank you, all Australians that cottoned on that dividing us by race and constitutionally enshrining us by race, an inferior classification, was wrong,’ she said.
‘Our old way is mob speak for themselves. Old people live on our lands. That’s where the voices are,’ she explained.
‘Mob speak for others only when given mandate to.’
An Indigenous woman has thanked Australians for voting No to the Voice to Parliament referendum in a viral TikTok video
The First Nations woman argued that shutting down the referendum has allowed her mob to retain their independence and sovereignty.
‘Thanks to a No vote, our mob still have human autonomy, and their human and cultural right to speak for their lands,’ she said.
She tagged her clip, ‘#stillsovereign’.
The woman’s video garnered more than 407,000 views.
Many viewers and followers in the comments agreed with her sentiment.
‘I voted no and proud to do it. It’s not up to us non indigenous to speak for you all,’ said one viewer.
Another wrote: ‘You are very knowledgeable. I have followed you throughout this whole process. I think you have potential to do a lot of good.’
‘Too bad Albo didn’t give that $380 million to the elders to hand out as needed,’ commented a third viewer.
‘Thank you!! You are a inspiration to black fellas and all Australians, you should be proud of your strength and the ability to ignore haters,’ said another.
The woman argued that shutting down the Voice referendum has allowed her mob to retain their ‘human autonomy’ and independence
Australia voted No to the proposed change to the constitution, with every state rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting Yes as the count continues.
The Albanese government is still facing the fallout from the failure of the Voice referendum, with federal cabinet reconvening to address Indigenous disadvantage this week.
Recent data from remote polling booths found large populations of Indigenous Australians were mostly in favour of the Voice.
This was especially accurate in the Northern Territory and Queensland.
Wadeye in the NT’s north had a 91 per cent Yes vote, while the Tiwi Islands, north of Darwin and which has an Indigenous population of 87 per cent, had support for the Voice at 84 per cent.
Palm Island in Far North Queensland has an Indigenous population of 91 per cent, with polling booths in the area having a 75 per cent Yes vote.
Also in Queensland, Mornington Island had 78 per cent of voters supporting the Voice. The Indigenous population is higher than 80 per cent.
Areas that had large populations of Indigenous Australians were mostly in favour of the Voice, data from polling booths has shown (pictured is booth in Midland, Perth)
In Broome, in Western Australia, there is an Indigenous population of around 30 per cent. The Yes campaign secured 56 per cent of votes in the region.
Three in four of the 740 living in Yuendemu also supported the referendum. Some of Ms Price’s family live in the community.
Meanwhile, in the Northern Territory seat of Lingiari, which has an Indigenous population of 40 per cent, there was just a 44 per cent Yes vote.
The Yes campaign had said 80 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were in favour of the Voice – an argument rejected by the No camp.
That claim is based on two polls that were conducted earlier this year.
An Ipsos poll from January showed 80 per cent of Indigenous people support the Voice and a YouGov poll published in March had 83 per cent backing the Yes vote.