Pauline Hanson shuts down campaign for Aboriginal rent to be paid because their land was stolen and delivers strong message to Aboriginal leaders
- One Nations leader derailed Indigenous Pay The Rent plan
- She says that all Australians own the country and called it greedy.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has criticized a move calling on Australians to pay weekly rent to indigenous groups based on their ancestral claims to the land.
She called the move, backed by First Nations Senator Lidia Thorpe, an “outrageous” money grab based on greed and “racist identity victim politics.”
In a devastating attack on Parliament, Senator Hanson lashed out at the ‘Pay The Rent’ movement supported by Senator Thorpe and feminist writer Clementine Ford.
“The idea that Australians should pay rent to live in their own country is offensive,” he said in a speech to the Senate on Monday.
“It is based on the idea that only Aboriginal people own Australia. they don’t Australia belongs to all Australians.
One Nation leader Pauline Hanson has criticized proposals for Australians to pay indigenous groups a weekly rent based on their ancestral claims to the land.
The senator called the scheme, backed by First Nations Senator Lidia Thorpe (pictured), an “outrageous” money heist based on greed and “racist identity victim politics.”
She insisted that anyone born in Australia has an equal right to own the country, regardless of any indigenous heritage.
“We have all contributed to this country and we all share its achievements, failures, resources, disasters, virtues, values and defects,” he said.
‘The only good thing about the idea of race-based income is that the activists who want it reveal their true motivation.
It is not about ‘justice’ or ‘reparation’. It’s just about money, other people’s money. It’s just your greed.
‘If this mob is successful in its bid for a race-based Voice in Parliament, it is only a matter of time before this idea is on the political agenda.
“It’s only a matter of time before non-Aboriginal Australians are forced to pay even more tax, a race-based income tax.”
He claimed the system would be abused and money diverted from those most in need.
‘As usual, the aboriginal industry will keep all the money and truly disadvantaged aboriginal people in remote communities will continue to suffer from poverty, unemployment and crime,’ he said.
‘One Nation calls on all sensible Australians to reject this discrimination.
‘We urge the government to audit the Aboriginal industry and ultimately act to address the real problems of Aboriginal communities.’
The ‘Pay the Rent’ model movement allows landlords to pay a percentage of their income to a body run by Aboriginal elders without government oversight.
One percent of weekly wages is the level suggested by Robbie Thorpe, a veteran Aboriginal rights activist from Melbourne who ran a similar scheme in Fitzroy in the 1990s.
The ‘Pay Rent’ model proposes that landlords pay a percentage of their income to a body run by Aboriginal elders with no government oversight.
Luke Currie-Richardson says ‘Pay Rent’ would work as a type of land tax, based only on those Australians who own property by paying rent to the traditional owners of that land.
Under the suggested one percent, with median Australian employee earnings of $1,250 per week, it would cost each Australian about $12.50 per week, or about $650 per week.
Thorpe said the rental plan is “a rational, reasonable and responsible means of reconciling 200 years of unchecked genocide, as far as I’m concerned.”
Defenders Say So it could then be extended to all land users, also encouraging people who celebrate weddings or organize concerts to hand over money.
On the eve of Australia Day, Senator Thorpe said: ‘Help sovereign grassroots fight the many campaigns and struggles we face every day.
‘Pay the rent from base to base. No ties to the government agenda. ‘
Author Clementine Ford added: “We need to stop paying lip service to decolonization and start paying rent to First Nations people.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Senator Thorpe for his reaction to Senator Hanson’s comments.
WHY SOME ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIANS WANT YOU TO ‘PAY THE RENT’
Australia is founded on land that was stolen from indigenous peoples. The wealth generated by that theft is distributed disproportionately.
All the people who live here today, or who have lived here in the past, have not benefited equally from the continued dispossession of indigenous peoples.
In fact, many are deliberately and deeply marginalized from the power and spoils of colonialism. However, some uncomfortable facts remain:
Every day, people consume food grown on indigenous lands or harvested from indigenous seas; they drink water that flows through or under indigenous land.
Every day, people who are not indigenous to this land take refuge in houses built on it; they socialize, meet and make family and community here.
Every day business is done on this land for the benefit of non-indigenous people.
Every day, land belonging to indigenous peoples is traded for profit.
This land was never empty; the sovereignty of First Nations peoples was never ceded.
Despite centuries of attempted genocide that continues to this day, indigenous people have managed to hold on and nurture the culture and connections to the country.
At the same time, the health and well-being of the indigenous people have been devastated; Aboriginal people are significantly more likely to be incarcerated, under surveillance, to die in custody, to have children separated from their families, and to die prematurely from preventable diseases or to die by suicide.
While governments and individuals have said Sorry for the Stolen Generations, they have not taken any meaningful steps to do the right thing, or to prevent further harm.
Paying Rent is a step toward acknowledging these facts.
It is part of a process in which all non-indigenous people, individually and collectively, must participate if we are to move towards justice, truth, equality and liberation for First Nations peoples.