Meanwhile, Country Liberal Party senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has doubled down on the comments she made during her maiden speech.
Speaking to 2GB’s Ben Fordham, Price reiterated her belief that an Indigenous vote in parliament is not the way to go and instead said she would like to see “real change” for Aboriginal Australians.
“Since many of these bodies have been tried, tested and failed, it is not the way to go down,” she said.
“Just start treating everyone like we’re fucking Australian citizens.”
The Warlpiri Celtic woman from Alice Springs represents the Northern Territory in Australia’s 47th Parliament.
Yesterday, One Nation Senator Pauline Hanson walked out of the Senate Chamber during the recognition of the country and protested the Indigenous flag displayed in the Senate.
Price said she understood Hanson’s frustrations and said the recognition to the country was a “symbolic gesture” that did nothing to improve the lives of marginalized people.
“We are just completely saturated with it. It gets to the point where it removes the sanctity of traditional culture and practices,” she said.
“It has almost become a disposable line. We want to see real action. We want to see change for the benefit of not just marginalized Australians, but all Australians.”
Price is not the only indigenous MP for the first term in this term. Fellow NT representative Marion Scrymgour, a Labor politician in the House of Representatives, has said she is well aware that a vote is “not mere symbolism”.
“I am proud to be part of a government that is taking action far too late in this area,” she said recently.
And as for Hanson’s recent actions in the Senate, returning Greens senator Lidia Thorpe – a DjabWurrung, Gunnai and Gunditjmara woman – said yesterday that “racism has reared its ugly head”.
You can read our explanation about the Vote to Parliament here.