Indigenous Voice to Parliament: Federal Perth MP Patrick Gorman slams Jacinta Price’s No campaign event

Federal Perth MP Patrick Gorman has slammed a Voice to Parliament ‘No’ campaign event for “politicising the Anzac legacy”, accusing it of being “full of lies and misinformation”.

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, the shadow Indigenous affairs minister, addressed a 450-strong Perth crowd on Wednesday as part of her “Fair Australia” campaign at an event co-hosted by Advance executive director Matthew Sheahan.

The conservative lobbyist attempted to invoke the Anzac spirit during his speech encouraging a vote against the upcoming referendum — telling attendees they should not “surrender what our grandparents and parents fought for in Gallipoli, Kokoda, in Vietnam and in Afghanistan”.

Mr Gorman labelled the event and its war references as “despicable” and slammed senior Liberal Senator Michaelia Cash, who was in the crowd, for not publicly condemning some of the language used.

“Mr Dutton needs to call his shadow Attorney-General Michaelia Cash and Shadow Minister Jacinta Price and tell them to make a public apology,” he tweeted on Friday.

“Senator Cash needs to explain her actions in attending this event and whether she raised objections when the offensive statements were made. Senator Cash wants to be the highest law officer in the land.

“The sacrifice of the Anzacs should never be abused for political point scoring. Mr Dutton needs to put a stop to his Liberal team politicising the Anzac legacy.

“This is becoming a pattern of behaviour. Remember when Sussan Ley said the Voice would cancel Anzac Day, and even Barnaby Joyce said that was rubbish?”

Mr Gorman’s stance was backed by former Federal minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt, who said war references linked to a debate around the Voice to Parliament “shows disrespect”.

Camera IconFormer Federal Indigenous minister Ken Wyatt hit out at the politicisation of the Anzacs. Credit: Justin Benson-Cooper/The West Australian

“None of us should politicise the Anzacs — doesn’t matter who it is,” the respected Libertal politician said. “Never politicise what our soldiers have done.

“I’m disappointed when we politicise any group in order to achieve an outcome. This is more about a democratic right for Indigenous Australians to sit as equals at the table.”

During her speech, Senator Price also mockingly proposed asking Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong if she wanted “an advisory body for Asian Australians”, which received laughter.

“We treat no other group of Australians this way. The separatism must stop. We don’t say, ‘Hey, let’s set up an advisory body for Anglo-Australians’,” she said.

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