‘Recognise crimes’ Death, rape threats

Victoria’s first woman Aboriginal MP says she has been threatened with death and gang rape for her comments over Australia Day.

Greens MP Lidia Thorpe has previously called for flags to be flown at half-mast on January 26 to recognise the crimes committed against Aboriginal people.

But her calls earlier this week were met with threatening emails and notes, which she has since reported to Victoria Police.

One threat was slipped under the door of her electorate office in Northcote.

“These are about rape, and these are quite graphic and detailed threats for me,” Ms Thorpe said.

“I’m a mum, I’ve had to ensure my children are safe.

The Greens have made changing the date of Australia Day one of their key priorities, after three Melbourne local councils moved to cancel official celebrations on January 26 this year.

Federal Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the council decisions marked the start of what he hoped would become a national movement.

Ms Thorpe said she would not be silent despite the threats.

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