‘You are disgusting, bro’: Fiery clash erupts over The Voice to Parliament on ABC’s Q+A show

Indigenous Voice to Parliament tensions have boiled over on ABC current affairs panel show Q+A with a Liberal MP labelled as ‘disgusting’ for defending colonisation.

On Monday night’s program member for Sturt, James Stevens, was at first guarded when asked what he thought of No campaign spokeswoman Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s comments that First Nations people were better off due to British settlement.

But when pushed for a direct answer by host Patricia Karvelas, Mr Stevens said he believed European colonisation was an ‘overwhelmingly good thing for the great society that we live in’.

Actor and Kaurna Narungga Ngarrindjeri and Nyoongar woman Natasha Wanganeen, also on the panel, fired up at the comments, calling it ‘disgusting language’.

Ms Wanganeen is part of the Blak Sovereign Movement who says the Voice to Parliament is another form of assimilation, and a Treaty should be the first priority.

James Stevens, MP for Sturt, said he agreed with Senator Price’s comments that British Settlement was beneficial for all Australians on Monday night’s Q+A program

The clash erupted when Mr Stevens was asked by an audience member: ‘As a No supporter, how comfortable are you being associated with a campaign that continues to spread misinformation and disinformation?’

‘How do you feel being associated with Senator Jacinta Price?’

Mr Stevens responded that he ‘respected’ Senator Price.

‘She’s more entitled than me to make those sorts of comments. I think she holds an opinion that should be respected, and others with different opinions should be respected as well.’

Ms Karvelas pressed him on whether he agreed with Senator Price who previously said colonisation had a ‘positive impact’ on first Australians as ‘we’ve now got running water, we’ve got readily available food’.

‘I think European colonisation has been an overwhelmingly good thing for the great society that we live in,’ he replied.

‘I am a proud Australian, I am proud of our Indigenous culture. I am proud of the English institutions that came to this country. I am proud of the multicultural community that we have.

‘I am very proud of this country, and I think Jacinta Price is a great Australian, and she is very entitled to put her views forward.’

Ms Wanganeen was entirely unimpressed.

‘That is disgusting language. I cannot believe you. You are disgusting, bro,’ she fired back to the audience’s cheers.

‘Any politician that sits there and says stuff like this, their heart is not in the right space, your spirit is wrong, bro.’

‘And any politicians that sit here and ask me to be Australian, I don’t want to be that. I am a Narungga, Nyoongar Ngarrindjeri and Kaurna woman.

‘I hope you go home and think about what you said tonight, I seriously do.’

Actor and Kaurna Narungga Ngarrindjeri and Nyoongar woman Natasha Wanganeen fired back that the comments were 'disgusting'

Actor and Kaurna Narungga Ngarrindjeri and Nyoongar woman Natasha Wanganeen fired back that the comments were ‘disgusting’

Award-winning journalist Karla Grant, who has been covering Indigenous affairs for decades, said this week she was shocked by the level of vitriol the Voice debate has sparked.

‘I just never imagined that it would get nasty and so many awful things would be said and so many people turning against each other and the racial abuse directed towards people on both sides of the argument.’

Ms Grant, a Western Arrernte woman, has been reporting on constitutional recognition since it was on the political agenda in the late 1990s under Prime Minister John Howard.

‘The amount of abuse racial abuse online directed towards Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and some of the arguments that have occurred during this whole campaign have gotten really nasty,’ she said.

‘That’s really surprised me.

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has continued to claim the voice will divide Australians and waste taxpayer money that could spent on practical solutions.

‘(The prime minister) has divided the country,’ he told Sky News.

‘I hope that people do make the effort to get out and vote because this would be the most detrimental change to our constitution in our nation’s history.

‘We live in the best country in the world, we should be prepared to stand up and defend it to make sure that our institutions are protected.’

More than 2.2 million people have cast an early ballot, while a further 1.9 million applied for a postal vote ahead of polling day on October 14.

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