Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s fury as her phone number is shared online and she is bombarded with vile abuse after ‘Vote No’ text
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s personal mobile number has been distributed on Twitter, prompting Yes voters to bombard her with nasty messages.
The leading No campaigner and Country Liberal senator has been inundated with texts from trolls, at a time when tensions over the Voice to Parliament are at an all time high.
She told the National Press Club on Thursday she’d been bombarded with ‘the most revolting messages, voicemail messages that you can think of’.
‘From the moment the referendum was launched by our prime minister, our nation has been divided. We have seen ugliness on display from right across the board.
‘I know myself, Warren Mundine, have been the subject of horrible racial vilification… I am no stranger to horrible, horrible abuse.
‘I condemn all kinds of horrible behaviour that has come out as a result of this.’
Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s personal mobile number has been distributed on Twitter , prompting Yes voters to bombard her with nasty messages
Her Senate colleague James Paterson slammed the tactics on X, formerly known as Twitter, on Thursday morning.
He said: ‘Leaking private contact info of a prominent Indigenous woman during a divisive referendum debate is irresponsible & dangerous.
‘The Yes campaign must tell their supporters to stop sharing [Senator Price’s] phone no. & condemn the horrific abuse she has received.’
Online, trolls have boasted about contacting her on her personal number.
Others argued Ms Nampijinpa Price’s contact details were readily available on a separate website before they were distributed via X.
The backlash appeared to be spurred on after thousands of Australians received an unsolicited text message urging them to vote No to the Voice.
The messages read: ‘Hi, it’s Jacinta Price, The Referendum is on 14 Oct. This Voice is risky, unknown and divisive. Don’t know? Say no.’
Ms Nampijinpa Price revealed on Sky on Wednesday night she’s been receiving death threats over her public stance on the Voice.
The text message urged recipients to vote no in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum
‘I have had a barrage of really horrible messages today calling me a c**t and a b-word and all kinds of stuff left on my phone,’ Ms Nampijinpa Price said.
‘But it says more about who they are – not me.
‘I carry the target around on my back, because they need me to. Because if I don’t well who else is going to. People might be scared that they might be called racist -well I’m copping death threats.’
On Thursday, Ms Nampijinpa Price fronted the National Press Club to deliver an empassioned speech about her vision for Australia after the referendum.
She said she has been called a ‘sell out’ and subjected to racial abuse and threats of violence simply because she ‘wants to stop kids from being abused’.
‘Because I want to stop women and men from being killed. The truth is for all the moral posturing and virtue signalling about truth telling, there is no genuine appetite in Canberra to tell the truth or to hear the truth.’