Senator Jacinta Price — who last week claimed there were “no ongoing negative impacts of colonisation” — has departed as “ambassador” to Bridging the Gap Foundation, an Indigenous health charity.
Price has updated her pecuniary interests register to show she is no longer an ambassador of Bridging the Gap Foundation — a position she had held since at least 2021 — and her image and bio have been deleted from the group’s website, it can be revealed.
Both Price and the Indigenous charity repeatedly refused to respond to questions from The Klaxon over the past four days regarding Price’s departure.
The Australian Senate pecuniary interests register shows Price made an “alteration” on August 13 last month, with the register now stating: “Deletion. Bridging the Gap Foundation — Ambassador”.
As reported by The Klaxon earlier today, that same day Price also updated her register to state she had departed as a committee member of Recognise a Better Way — the anti-Voice campaign group she founded in January with Warren Mundine.
Recognise a Better Way and Price repeatedly refused to respond to written questions about her departure from the group.
Some time before that August disclosure, Mundine had been made “Committee President”, searches show.
Price and Mundine are the two highest profile campaigners against the Voice, which would provide in the constitution a mechanism for Indigenous people to be consulted on matters that affect them.
The anti-Voice campaign was thrown in turmoil Sunday when Mundine expressed his support for changing the date of Australia Day and for the creation of Indigenous treaties — both opposed by the broader no campaign.
“So he’s a no campaigner splitting with the other no campaign about treaty and Australia Day,” Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said in response Monday.
The Voice No Case Committee is launched in January. Source: The Voice No Case Committee
Bridging the Gap Foundation, a registered charity, was established by Charles Darwin University and Menzies School of Health Research, an independent medical research institute specialising in Indigenous health.
Bridging the Gap Foundation says its purpose is to “address the gap in health and education opportunities and outcomes” between “Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians”.
“The Foundation raises funds for projects in Indigenous health and education, which are major contributors to the 9-year gap in the average life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians,” its website says.
“This is achieved through partnerships and practical projects, including pathways to employment”.
“This is achieved through partnerships and practical projects, including pathways to employment” – Bridging the Gap
Price has drawn widespread criticism after last week stating there were “no ongoing negative impacts of colonisation”.
“No, there is no ongoing negative impacts of colonisation. A positive impact, absolutely,” Price told the National Press Club on Thursday.
“No, there is no ongoing negative impacts of colonisation” — Jacinta Price
“Her life expectancy is 9 years less”. Source: Bridging the Gap Foundation
The homepage of Bridging the Gap Foundation provides a case study of two girls, one of which is Indigenous.
“The two girls you see here are the same age. They both have their own hopes and dreams, but current statistics suggest that the Indigenous girl is 5 times more likely to contract an ear infection that could severely affect her ability to learn,” it states.
“Her life expectancy is 9 years less. Her chance of developing diabetes is 10 times higher and the chance of her taking her own life is double”.
Any mentioned of Price appears to have been removed from Bridging the Gap Foundation’s website.
Searches via web archive WayBack Machine show Price had appeared on the site at least as far back as December 2021.
“For years, Jacinta has advocated against domestic violence, child sexual abuse and the need for positive cultural change for Indigenous Australians,” her bio on the site at that time.
Jacinta Price’s bio at Bridging the Gap Foundation before she departed. Source: WayBack Machine
The no campaign is ahead in the polls, yet tens of thousands of people turned out to rallies across the nation in support of the Voice at the weekend.
Polling shows more that 85 per cent of Indigenous Australians support the Voice to Parliament.
The Voice would have no direct power and governments would have no obligation to follow its recommendations, but including it in the constitution means it could not be torn down by future governments or its existence undermined by short-term politics.
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