Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe on NAIDOC Week and reconciliation: “We need to take Heal Country very seriously.”
July 13th 2021
- Senator Lidia Thorpe :: Interview for Auspol with Lil Scott
Courtney Ammenhauser and Auspol host Lil Scott spoke to Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe about protecting sacred Indigenous sites, NAIDOC Week 2021 & enshrining Indigenous voices and rights in Parliament.
“I come from a very strong line of matriarchal women, who’ve always fought for country and fought for people.”
Lidia Thorpe is a current Greens Senator for Victoria, a proud Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, a lifelong activist and a fighter for human rights, social justice and the environment. She has worked in, celebrated and been a member of First Nations communities all her life, and she emphasises the importance of truth telling and treaty in the process of reconciliation against the Australian constitution that is built on discrimination.
“I don’t know anything different but to stand up for our country and those that need a fairer go, and that’s always been Aboriginal people in this country but it’s also a lot of other people…If we want real change, and meaningful dialogue, we need to ensure Indigenous rights are adhered as part of any new laws in this country, particularly around the environment.
Listen to the full interview with Senator Thorpe above.