Vile voice messages left for No campaigner Jacinta Price as she fights Indigenous Voice
Jacinta Price has vowed she won’t be bullied after revealing some of the racist hate messages she’s received during her fight against the Voice to Parliament.
The shadow minister for Indigenous Australians has been leading the Opposition’s No vote campaign for the upcoming referendum on October 14.
But the role has made her a magnet for vicious personal attacks after she was targeted when her mobile phone number was leaked on social media.
In the days that followed, senator Price said she was bombarded with shocking voicemails, some of which she played to 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Monday.
‘Uncle Tom coconut,’ said one message played back on air. ‘Hate your own people. Yeah, you’re a disgrace. Absolutely disgraceful, disgusting human being you are.’
The attack combined two vile insults which are used to describe black people who try to be subservient to whites, and those said to be brown outside but white inside.
‘It’s an abusive racial term that’s been used against myself and Warren Mundine,’ she said.
Senator Jacinta Price has vowed she won’t be bullied after revealing some of the racist hate messages she’s received during her campaign against the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
‘We can’t just be seen as human beings in our own right. People like to look at us in terms of colour. And there’s just no place for it.’
Another voicemail message was peppered with obscenities as it abused the senator for texting voters about the referendum.
‘F*** off you **** Jacinta Price,’ it said. ‘Don’t message me on my telephone with your lying ****ing message. You’re a ****ing **** woman.’
‘There are obviously worse ones than that received in the messages that have come through,’ senator Price told Fordham.
‘It’s just remarkable how human beings feel they have the right to be aggressive and abusive and disgusting and horrible.’
The senator’s mobile phone number – which has since been replaced – had been leaked by ‘a couple of individuals on Twitter and other platforms,’ she said.
‘I’ve got their details so they’ve been reported by police.’
But she said she had not been deterred by the abuse.
‘Hell, no. I am not going to be bullied,’ she vowed. ‘I’m here because there are people who are worse off than I am.
‘I need to be their voice because if I don’t, well, who else is going to?’
The shadow minister for Indigenous Australians has been leading the Opposition’s No vote for the upcoming referendum on October 14
The role has made her a magnet for vicious personal attacks from Yes voters after she was targeted when her mobile phone number was leaked on social media
She added: ‘I’ve had so many people be abusive and horrible towards me over the years and it doesn’t surprise me.
‘I know what human beings are capable of. I just think, you know, wake up to yourselves.
‘I’ve been campaigning for the betterment of the lives of our most vulnerable who are silenced because of violent perpetrators.
‘And I won’t put up with perpetrators who send me messages like that…reflect upon your behaviour yourselves and sort out your own backyard. That’s what I say.’