On October 6, Lidia Thorpe was sworn in as the first Aboriginal woman to represent Victoria in Australia’s parliament. This month, Thorpe spoke to Jacobin about a centuries-long struggle for justice.
Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman and Greens senator for Victoria.
For Indigenous Australians, Australia Day commemorates nothing but the invasion of their territories. While the Change the Date campaign gathers momentum, only a Treaty can begin to address the trauma and bloodshed of British settlement.