Monday 27th of March 2023

gaming the system: no voice, more pain......

Senator Thorpe is correct. We have two nations in Australia. An Aboriginal nation – and then the rest of us. The issue is of sovereignty, a matter that can only be settled by a treaty, and not an Indigenous Voice to parliament. Great to see Senator Thorpe thinking very deeply. 

Graeme Wells, Hornsby 


We shouldn’t doubt Thorpe’s deep personal commitment genuinely outweighs her loyalty to a political party. She is being honest in the face of a lot of hostility – why not accept her views have crystallised since she was elected, not that she is being cynical and gaming the system.

The bigger issue is that two out of eleven First Nations federal MPs are now opposed to pressing ahead with the Voice. While that ratio may roughly reflect reservations within the whole community (and the passionate belief of some activists), they offer no alternative propositions. Years of hard work, consultation and goodwill got us to this point. There is momentum for constructive change that can’t just be thrown away. 

Margaret Johnston, Paddington


Thorpe’s resignation from the Greens brings the issue of democratic representation in our parliament into sharp focus. Thorpe was elected as part of a group of aspiring politicians belonging to the Greens, to represent the views of that party about the needs of the state of Victoria.

Her resignation from the party to sit with the crossbenchers is an abrogation of her duties to the electors that placed her in the position. Clearly Thorpe needs to resign her seat. She has chosen to cease representing her cohort and is no longer a relevant person in the context of the parliament. 

Chris Rivers, Port Macquarie 


Well done, Lidia Thorpe. Join a party whose core beliefs you don’t really share, secure a six-year term and then resign from that party so that the electorate is stuck with you, and you can carry on with your own poorly thought out and poorly explained “agenda”. Perhaps the Greens might now pay more attention to preselection. 

Tony Sullivan, Adamstown Heights






principles of simple sobriety....




sano va piano....

While a treaty with our First Nations is needed, those pushing for a focus on it before implementing the Voice could benefit from thinking about how Australia, overall, responds to major change. With respect to the Voice, we already have premature, vacuous, dissembling demands for “detail” from Peter Dutton et al. Certain ultra-right wing elements of the media are doing their best to confuse and mislead people so they will vote No. If this is what happens with a body that simply offers advice, just think what the reactionary misinformation industry is going to do with a treaty. Get the Voice done first so that Australians can realise that it is not a massive takeover of parliament or that all who arrived after 1788 will be sent packing. 

Peter Thompson, Grenfell


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