Jacinta Price accuses Albanese of bullying, gaslighting over Indigenous Voice ... trends now
Jacinta Price has warned Australia should 'be on notice' for Anthony Albanese's government to start ramping up 'bullying, gaslighting, and emotional blackmail' ahead of the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum.
The Indigenous Nationals senator's fury was trigged by comments from minister Linda Burney who declared the government wouldn't fund either side of the Yes/No argument.
This is despite the fact the federal budget has already allocated as much as $235 million towards the referendum which could be held as early as next year with $75million to be spent before Australians cast their vote.
Senator Price has been one of the proposal's biggest critics as she believes the push to recognise First Nations people in the Constitution and potentially establish a third chamber of parliament to advice government, will create further division while failing to address disadvantage.
She has accused Labor of saturating the public service, education systems and government funded NGOs with Yes campaign 'propaganda'.
Indigenous Senator Jacinta Price (pictured in the Senator on Thursday)
The Northern Territory-based senator fears the government will ramp up 'bullying, gaslighting and emotional blackmail' in a desperate effort to get the Indigenous Voice to Parliament over the line.
'When the tactful PM refers to the Australian public being responsible for funding the Yes and No campaigns, what he actually means is big corporations that Labor have been courting for the last few years will be heavily bankrolling the Yes campaign on Labors behalf,' Senator Price told NewsCorp.
'It's blatantly evident that Labor are not interested in fully and equally informing the Australian public on the No argument, only the Yes argument.
'They'll ramp up their bullying, gaslighting and emotional blackmail tactics – everyone is on notice.'
According to figures in the budget handed down in October, $160 million already sits in a 'contingency reserve' to fund Australia's first referendum since 1999.
Another $75.1 million has been set aside 'preparation and support work,' (increasing) First Nations enrolment and participation,' along with with '$6.5 million to the National Indigenous Australians Agency to support the Referendum.'
minister Linda Burney (pictured with Anthony Albanese) declared the government wouldn't fund either side of the Yes/No argument for the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament, despite $235million already allocated in the budget.