The People’s Revolution (TPR) held a rally in Brisbane on Saturday, advocating for the true Indigenous rights and emphasizing that these rights should apply to all Australians. TPR leader, Tristan “Triccy” Van Rye, raised concerns about the “red flags” associated with the Yes campaign, such as the excessive government spending and support from corporations, including mining giants. He argued that in a referendum, both sides of the story should be presented to the people to make an informed decision, rather than being influenced by biased sources.
Van Rye also highlighted another red flag that was sent to him by the head lawyer for the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC). The lawyer requested that TPR make a public announcement to withdraw the no-vote stickers due to lack of “authorisation.” Van Rye questioned the disparity in the treatment of the no campaign compared to the yes campaign, which had not displayed any “authorised by” stickers despite the significant amount of money being spent on it. He also criticized the AEC’s inclusion of a tick as a valid vote for the yes campaign on the ballot papers, while an ‘X’ would not be considered a valid no vote.
Moreover, Van Rye pointed out the extensive expenditure on the referendum by the AEC, with $365 million already spent, and highlighted the salary of AEC commissioner Tom Rogers, which amounted to $600,000. Van Rye deemed this spending wasteful, especially considering the flawed nature of the referendum and its apparent bias towards the yes campaign.
However, Van Rye himself faces charges brought by the Brisbane City Council for his involvement in the Block the Bill rally held on March 22 of the previous year. Despite this impending legal challenge, he urged his supporters to attend the court hearing.
The rally also featured speeches from local aunties representing various tribal groups. Aunti Karen Goori passionately called on attendees to embrace their identities as “organic, spirit-filled human beings” and reject the idea of being slaves to corporations. She denounced the proposed Voice as a diversion, stating that it was designed to disrupt the country’s stability. Aunti Karen Goori further urged people to examine hidden histories and laws, highlighting the need for individuals to assert their sovereignty and reject being treated as property by the system.
The rally in Brisbane served as a platform for TPR and Indigenous community members to voice their concerns about the referendum and advocate for true Indigenous rights. The event showcased the ongoing debate surrounding the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and the significance of ensuring a fair and informed decision-making process for all Australians.