Wednesday, April 26, 2023

Lushington D. Brady: Thanks for Showing Us What a ‘Voice’ Will Be Like

Nepotism, abuse and troughing all the way

When Lidia Thorpe went on a raging, racist rampage of abuse outside a Melbourne strip joint, some commented that it was a preview of what the “Voice” in action would look like. They were more right than they knew.

Lidia Thorpe’s mother, cousins and political allies are angling for control of the Victorian body that will act as the state’s Indigenous Voice and interact with a national Voice to parliament, generating unrest among some Victorian Indigenous leaders who fear the maverick senator’s influence.

Gosh — an “indigenous” taxpayer trough getting hit by a feeding frenzy of nepotistic, box-ticking chancers? Who could have ever foreseen it?

If the Thorpe-connected candidates – including direct relatives and political allies – are successful, they would form arguably the dominant faction in the body expected to interact with the national Voice to parliament and help select Victorians for the Commonwealth advisory body.

Of the approximately 50 assembly candidates, 13 have identifiable links to Thorpe. They include her mother, Marjorie Thorpe, and cousins Alister Thorpe, Lisa Thorpe and Alice Pepper. The assembly is made up of 31 representatives.

Think “Mahuta Inc.” on steroids.

Three senior Indigenous figures in Victoria, who spoke anonymously to frankly express their concerns and avoid possible retaliation, said Thorpe’s influence could compromise the assembly’s future relationship with the national Voice that Thorpe shuns.

“Avoid possible retaliation”? Presumably, they’re thinking of Thorpe’s penchant for launching into screaming tirades of abuse. Not just at random people outside strip clubs, either: Thorpe’s former staffers have testified that she so brutally abused an elderly Aboriginal woman that the victim had to be taken to the parliamentary nurse.

Or perhaps they’re concerned about Thorpe’s connections with outlaw motorcycle gangs?

Still, it mightn’t be all for the worse.

An eminent Victorian Indigenous leader said her community worried Thorpe’s allies would compromise goodwill with the Victorian government in its nation-first treaty talks.

“If her time in Canberra is anything to go by, then it wouldn’t take her long to destroy the treaty in Victoria,” she said.

Oh dear. How sad.

Though currently focused on a treaty, the assembly’s remit is expected to change in coming years and morph into a Victorian Voice body. The assembly is also expected to interact with the national Voice and play a role in selecting the Victorian representatives to the national body, highlighting the factional complexities the proposed Voice to parliament may run into

On the contrary, the whole charade is a telling insight into just what Australians are potentially letting themselves in for. Feuding gangs of pasty-white “box-tickers”, fighting and screaming over who’s more “Aboriginal” and entitled to get their claws into a pile of taxpayer-funded gold.

And, unlike every other “Indigenous” body that succumbed to the same unprincipled, nepotistic greed, like ATSIC, no government will be able to rid us of it. Not when its apartheid existence has been written into the Constitution by the feckless Albanese government.

For what it’s worth, we all owe Lidia Thorpe some backhanded thanks, I guess.

Lushington describes himself as Punk rock philosopher. Liberalist contrarian. Grumpy old bastard. This article was first published HERE


Anonymous said...

Yep, Mahuta/Ormsby on steroids, undoubtedly. But hey, if you can adopt revisionism and suggest some doubt/guilt and obtain reparations, why not? In the case of aborigines, who are close to indigenous, possibly(?), but Maori, the opportunistic interlopers uhmm... NO!

Anonymous said...

What constitutes an indigenous person? 100% DNA? Fifty percent? One sixty fourth?
The Australian aborigines are not a homogeneous group of people. Australia is huge and so is the range of peoples and languages.
A country based on ethnocracy is a dangerous country.

Yes, there are enormous issues for many aboriginal communities but in my opinion The Voice will compound these as The Voice (if voted in) takes on a life of its own and the real challenges and indeed steps to resolutions for communities will be overshadowed and ultimately lost.
I am not voting for it. ( I am an Australian voter).