Victorian First: The Greens Announce First Nations Senate Ticket
For the first time in Victorian history, a First Nations Senator is bringing an entirely Aboriginal Senate Ticket to a federal election. Greens Senator Lidia Thorpe, a Gunnai, Gunditjmara and DjabWurrung woman, will be backed by First Nations activists and community leaders.
“Everyone benefits from First Nations knowledge. It’s time to put us in the driver's seat to build a better future and safer climate for everyone in this country. As the oldest living culture in the world, we have the solutions,” said Thorpe.
The ticket features Taungurung man Adam Frogley: the National Director of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Team at the National Tertiary Education Union (NTEU). Adam’s passionate about free education, First Nations justice and a carbon neutral future.
Gunditjmara, Keerray Wurrung, Peek Wurrung, Djab Wurrung woman Sissy Austin has a long history of campaigning, community organising and navigating Blak politics. As a kinship carer for over seven years, she’s a strong advocate for children and families in the child protection system.
Wiradjuri, nonbinary person Zeb Payne is proud to be in a party that’s rooted in First Nations understanding and respect for the intersectional values of all people who call this country home.
“Your vote is powerful. Greens voters put the first Aboriginal woman in the Victorian parliament and the first Aboriginal representative of this state in the federal parliament. Voting Green at the next election ensures that grassroots people have a seat at the table,” said Thorpe.