Lidia Thorpe comes from a long line of strong and dedicated women, all of whom have made significant contributions not only to the Aboriginal struggle for justice but also in the long term quest for a more just and equitable Australian society for all.

Dr Gary Foley

Professor of History, Victoria University

Lidia Thorpe is a strong and passionate advocate for her community and for women. She is never afraid to stand up and challenge those who need to be accountable. Her hard work and forthright honesty would be of the utmost benefit to the Northcote electorate.

Celeste Liddle

Arrernte woman, trade unionist and well-known social commentator

I am excited that our members have pre-selected an outstanding candidate who will be an excellent MP.

People are tired of the negativity and political game playing of the old parties.

Northcote deserves a strong progressive voice, not someone appointed by the factions. They’ll get that in Lidia Thorpe.

Ellen Sandell

MP for Melbourne, Victorian State Parliament

Meet Lidia

Lidia Thorpe is the State MP for Northcote. A Gunnai-Gunditjmara woman, Lidia lives on Wurundjeri Country in South Preston in Melbourne’s north.

In 2017, Lidia became the first Aboriginal woman elected to the Victorian Parliament.

Before entering Parliament, Lidia worked as a community worker 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 is 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.

 

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I pay my respects to the Wurundjeri and their neighbouring Clans. Their languages, culture and connections to Country are still strong.