HomeWorld NewsJacinta Nampijinpa Price set to launch new Coalition campaign against Voice to Parliament Referendum in WA
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price set to launch new Coalition campaign against Voice to Parliament Referendum in WA
May 10, 2023
New Shadow Minister for Indigenous Australians Jacinta Nampijinpa Price is expected to speak to a sold out crowd of about 600 people on Wednesday night as part of the WA launch of her “Fair Australia” campaign against the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Senator Price on Monday said there was “a large number of undecided voters in WA who may be waiting for more detail, but we know there’s no more detail coming”.
“There are a lot of Aboriginal people across the country, including many in WA, who don’t support the Voice,” she told The West Australian.
“I believe the more that people are informed of that, the more they understand that the Voice is even dividing Indigenous Australians, the more adamantly they will reject it.
“Labor’s Voice is a dangerous, divisive and costly distraction from the real issues affecting the lives of our most marginalised, and I think West Australians will see through the political posturing and see this voice for what it really is — a bad idea that divides us along the lines of race.”
Senator Price was promoted last week as part of a shadow cabinet reshuffle prompted by her predecessor Julian Leeser’s decision to resign from the Coalition frontbench over the party’s decision to actively campaign against the Voice.
The Coalition supports constitutional recognition but wants a legislated network of regional and local Voice bodies, not a national body.
According to adverts for Wednesday’s “No Division” campaign forum, the evening will be co-hosted by Matthew Sheahan, the executive director of right-wing activist group Advance Australiam
“Changing the constitution is a big deal and it’s critical Australians know the truth about what they’re voting for,” the event advertising reads.
As part of the campaign, the Alice Springs-based Warlpiri woman has also appeared in a video with her Scottish-Australian husband Colin Lillie urging people to vote “no” in the referendum.
In the video, the mother-of-four talks about her sons, husband, and the inspiration she draws from her activist mother Bess Price, who was an NT Minister for the Country-Liberal Party.
“I don’t want to see my family divided along the lines of race because we are a family of human beings and that’s the bottom line,” Ms Price said.
“What’s important to me is that we don’t divide ourselves along the lines of race in this country.
“This is a really big deal. The constitution is the rule book for governing the country and they want the rules to change.
“It will mean that some Australians will be treated differently based on the colour of their skin.
“I’ll be voting no because this will not unite us. This will divide us.”
Mr Leeser joined Tasmanian MP Bridget Archer and NSW Senator Andrew Bragg in breaking ranks against the Coalition’s platform, indicating they would support the “Yes” vote.
Former Coalition minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt also quit the Liberal Party over its opposition to the voice.
It comes as Liberal Monash MP Russell Broadbent indicated last week that he, too, intended to campaign against party lines.