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Jacinta Price slams new Voice-style body proposal

Jacinta Price slams new Voice-style body proposal

Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has criticised the Greens for setting Australia “on a path of division” by proposing a new Indigenous body in the style of Voice.

Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has spoken out about the Greens’ bill to establish a Truth and Justice Commission, despite Labor’s 2023 Voice To Parliament referendum failing. The Greens have announced they will introduce a bill this week to establish a Truth and Justice Commission, which they say will look at the impact of historical and ongoing injustices on Indigenous Australians. It follows Labor’s 2023 Voice To Parliament referendum failing, with 60 per cent of the nation voting against the Voice. “The Greens are not interested in what Australia has to say on any issue; they haven’t heard or bothered to learn about the referendum result,” Ms Price told Sky News presenter Peta Credlin. “They would rather continue on a path of division within our country of reinvention within our culture. “They infantilise Indigenous Australians and do not focus on meeting the needs of our most marginalised. “They are simply bent on pushing ideology.”

The commission would investigate historical and ongoing injustices faced by Indigenous Australians and then “make recommendations to Parliament”, similar to the failed Voice to Parliament proposal.

The proposal is a continuation of the Albanian government’s commitment to implementing the Uluru Statement from the Heart, a promise made at the last federal election and reiterated in the Voice campaign.

Senator Price has criticized the truth commission proposal. Photo: NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman

Ms Price told Sky News presenter Peta Credlin on Monday night that the Greens did not appear interested in what Australians had to say, given that the Voice referendum was defeated last year with 60 per cent of the vote against the proposal.

“They would rather continue on the path of division within our country, of reinventing the culture,” she said.

“They infantilise Indigenous Australians and do not focus on meeting the needs of our most marginalised people, nor do they look at improving the economic independence of our marginalised Indigenous Australians.

“They are only interested in spreading their ideology.”

Anthony Albanese has remained silent on plans for a Makarrata commission since last year. Photo: NCA NewsWire/Martin Ollman

Ms Price also warned that the government could be “cunning” and back the Greens to secure the small party’s support in the Senate.

After Voice to Parliament’s proposal was rejected in October 2023, the government remained silent on its plans to establish a Makarrata Commission to negotiate treaties with indigenous communities.

The Albanian government pledged $27 million to the commission during the last federal elections, of which $5.8 million has been set aside in the 2022 budget to begin its establishment.

In May this year, Senator Price argued that the funding should be spent on more pressing matters, such as ending violence in Alice Springs and remote Aboriginal communities.

On Monday, she told Credlin that the government needed to “come clean” about its plans to set up a truth commission.

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“They have not been clear with the Australian people but they need to be honest about what they intend to do in relation to the truth commission that they continue to support, whether it is the Greens or other measures that they have not yet announced,” she said.

When asked if the Labor Party would be tempted to negotiate on this issue if they were desperate to win the Greens’ votes in the Senate, Ms Price said she would “not let it pass them by”.

“They have been very cunning. We have heard basically nothing about indigenous policy since the referendum,” she said.

“There have been a lot of problems, a lot of issues, but nothing has been proposed about how, again, they should support our most marginalised Indigenous Australians.”