Thorpe votes with Coalition on Indigenous land council inquiry – as it happened
The independent senator, Lidia Thorpe, has voted with the Coalition for a motion to inquire into Indigenous bodies including land councils. The motion was defeated 30 votes to 29.
In January Guardian Australia revealed that Thorpe put her name to the establishment of the inquiry before being forced to withdraw by the Greens leader, Adam Bandt.
Thorpe then blamed an “administrative error” for the move in November, when she briefly teamed up with the Nationals’ Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and Liberal James McGrath, among others, to ask the Senate for a year-long inquiry, which would run throughout the voice referendum debate.
But after quitting the Greens to sit as an independent, Thorpe re-added her name to the motion.
The motion was put to a vote on Wednesday, but was defeated by Labor, the Greens and the independent senator David Pocock.