Independent Senator Lidia Thorpe has issued a statement clarifying her remarks on what should happen if the No vote is successful on Saturday’s Voice to Parliament referendum.
Speaking to the ABC on Thursday, the First Nations Senator said the Voice should be legislated instead of being enshrined into the constitution.
Now the Gunai/Gunditjmara/Djab Wurrung woman says her comments need to be taken into context of her position that truth-telling and treaty must come before a voice.
The statement adds that the senator believes no advisory body should be put in place without the free, prior and informed consent of the First Peoples of this country.
And that the Blak Sovereign Movement and grassroots organisations have been consistent in their rejection of the current system which she calls a powerless advisory body enshrined in the colonial constitution