Lidia Thorpe | Australian Greens

Lidia Thorpe

MLA for Northcote

Lidia Thorpe is a Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, living on Wurundjeri Country in South Preston in Melbourne’s north.

She’s a community worker, mother and Managing Director of a sustainable housing and renewable energy business.

After leaving school at 14 and furthering her education at Preston and Epping TAFEs, Lidia has become a public education advocate and sits on the Smith Family’s National Advisory Board. She was also the Chair of the Victorian NAIDOC Committee.

Lidia received the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership Award in 2008 and was appointed to the Bairnsdale Regional Health Board and the Lake Tyers Aboriginal Trust managing the training centre. And as an environmentalist, Lidia led a successful campaign against the eastern gas pipeline to save Nowa Nowa Gorge in East Gippsland.

Latest Speeches

Thu, 08/03/2018 - 11:15am

Speech in Parliament - Lidia Thorpe: As a strong Aboriginal woman with unbroken lineage to my matriarchal country of Tjapwurung of the Western District, today I stand proud to be a woman and stand proud to be a Green.

Today is International Women’s Day, a day to celebrate the achievements of women, and the Victorian Greens have a lot to celebrate.

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Aboriginal people in Victoria have long been talked about rather than spoken with and listened to. This prevents us from making real progress towards an inclusive society for all Victorians.
The only way forward is to understand the true history of this country and to engage its First Peoples in the truth-telling. If we continue to ignore the rich ancestry and cultural history of this country, and if we refuse to own-up to the atrocities committed against these people, we cannot move forward with the healing.