Lidia Thorpe storms out of Senate estimates hearing – ‘disgrace to her people’
Chaos at Senate as Lidia Thorpe storms out after fierce war of words with Indigenous senator: ‘You’re a disgrace to your people’
- Senator Thorpe called ‘a disgrace to her people’
- She had a shouting match with a Labor senator
Lidia Thorpe has stormed out of a Senate estimates hearing after a fiery clash with Indigenous Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy, where she was labelled ‘a disgrace to her people’.
The shouting match broke out during a heated discussion over commonwealth funding for Northern Territory safety initiatives.
The independent Indigenous senator and Senator McCarthy, a Yanyuwa woman from the Gulf country in the NT, sparred over some of the funding being spent on police.
The Senate Finance and Public Administration Legislation Committee was holding budget estimates hearings involving the National Indigenous Australians Agency (NIAA).
Lidia Thorpe (pictured) has stormed out of a Senate estimates hearing where she was labelled ‘a disgrace to her people’
Senator Thorpe asked a question about money from the NIAA, intended for Indigenous Australia, going to NT police.
‘Is black money being used for NT police?’ Senator Thorpe said.
Public servants replied that $14.2million from the NIAA was being given to the NT police for community safety.
‘I am so violated from that answer, I am so disgusted when the Northern Territory police get $14million when our youth services are struggling,’ Senator Thorpe said.
She then turned on Senator McCarthy, the Assistant Minister for Indigenous Australians, asking ‘How can you let this happen.’
Senator Thorpe shouted out ‘disgusting’ and ‘shame on you’ and took aim at police, including Indigenous officers, as Senator McCarthy tried to explain.
‘You’re the one who brings disgrace to the Senate, to your people … How dare you,’ Senator McCarthy shot back, during the loud and heated exchange.
Lidia Thorpe is pictured storming out of a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Wednesday
Controversial senator Lidia Thorpe got into a shouting match with Indigenous Labor senator Malarndirri McCarthy (pictured)
Senator Thorpe called on Senator McCarthy to withdraw the statement that she ‘was a disgrace to my people’, saying she ‘I was personally attacked by the Senator’.
‘I’m sure there’s lots we’d like to clear from the last few minutes of Hansard (the record of proceedings in parliament),’ she said.
Senator McCarthy asked that Senator Thorpe withdraw the ‘how dare you’ remark .
Both senators withdrew their remarks, before Senator Thorpe picked up her papers and walked out before the end of the session, saying ‘an absolute disgrace’.