by DANIEL Y TENG – A PROMINENT Indigenous activist and advocate of changing Australia’s Constitution has been revealed praising communism’s influence in the “struggle” of Aboriginal people.
In a viral online video, the self-proclaimed Marxist threatened to punish politicians as well as push for reparations to be paid to Indigenous Australians.
Thomas Mayo is the national Indigenous officer of the Maritime Union of Australia. He was the author of the Voice to Parliament Handbook and is a member of the Prime Minister’s referendum working group for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Mayo has written for major newspapers and spoken on Indigenous rights to institutions like the National Australia Bank.
Later this year, Australians will vote at a national referendum to decide whether to alter their Constitution to set up a far-reaching advisory body to Parliament.
This near-permanent advisory body would have the power to make “representations” to the executive and legislative arms of government on all matters deemed relevant to Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders.
Advocates see the Voice as the latest advancement in reconciliation and dealing with chronic issues in Indigenous communities, such as unemployment, domestic violence, alcoholism, youth crime and welfare dependency.
According to a series of videos uncovered by the “No” campaign group, Advance Australia, Mayo can be seen discussing and drawing upon Marxist ideas of class struggle in his vision for the Voice.
In the Address to the Search Foundation in August 2021, Mayo says the body would help decide what laws and funding are needed for Aboriginal communities and also to “punish politicians that ignore our advice”.
While in another speech on March 2022, Mayo spoke about the impact and influence of communism on Aboriginal activism.
“I learned a lot about the importance not just of the Communist Party, about unions to my own people’s struggle,” he said.
“I know you comrades that are listening today will continue to support our struggle, and you are an important part of the struggle just like our communist elders have been an important part of our struggle,” he said.
“There is nothing that we can do that is more powerful than building a First Nations’ Voice, a black institution, a black political force to be reckoned with that has power and authority over our own affairs, our own political prioritising.”
In February 2020, Mayo said the Voice and Uluru Statement from the Heart was just the “first step” before talking about future taxpayer-funded reparations to Indigenous communities.
“The Voice and Uluru Statement doesn’t say ‘this is the answer’, it says ‘this is how we can get there’,” he told his audience.
“Pay the rent, for example. How do we do that in a way that is transparent and that actually sees reparations and compensation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people beyond what we say and do at a rally?”
He also said that a “Truth-telling inquiry” would eventually lead to the “abolishment of the old colonial institutions”.
Mayo told a Black Lives Matter protest, secretly organised by the Communist Party of Australia, in June 2020 a similar message.
“I know that we must turn this action into votes, we must turn it into changing the rulebook of the nation so that our voice will always be heard in the centre of decision-making and we make sure that black lives matter,” he said.
He also railed against former Prime Minister John Howard for the dissolution of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission.
“Every time, comrades, that we have established a voice as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the bastards have taken it away from us,” Mayo said.
“And let me tell you a story about how we can relate to that. John Howard, do you remember that bastard? Do you think he wants normal people, workers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a voice?” he told a May Day Rally in Port Kembla in 2023.
Yet Indigenous leader Warren Mundine, a former Labor Party Federal President, has said the Commission’s 2005 removal was due to its lack of impact on the ground and the falling number of Indigenous people taking part in voting for its members.
In response to Mayo’s videos, Indigenous Country Liberal Senator Jacinta Price said this was the reason why more information and clarity were needed around voting for the Voice.
“It’s the reason why the Albanese Government will not provide any detail on what the Voice actually will be,” she told Sky News Australia.
“Because there is an underlying agenda.”
Mayo said his videos were part of his travels around the country speaking to different people to help “bridge the gap by – helping them to see it from their perspective.”
“I stand by this referendum being a unifying proposal, it is about peace and love, and that is purely my interest for this – country,” he told The Australian newspaper.
Meanwhile, the emergence of Mayo’s speeches also highlights the rarely discussed links between Communist Party members and their deliberate infiltration of Indigenous activism.
Former Communist Party of Australia member Geoff McDonald exposed how the Aboriginal “land rights” movement was a target of Marxists.
“I do not disagree with the concept of special areas of land being kept for Aboriginals. But the issue is not really about land rights, as I learned first during my training with the Communist Party,” he wrote in his book Red Over Black (1982).
McDonald, now deceased, said he heard communist leaders and politicians Jack Miles and Lance Sharkey talk about how this was the “first step towards making Australia a Communist country.”
“Communists describe the Aborigines as victims of ‘colonial imperialism’ and claim that they must be ‘liberated.’ But only to enable the eventual establishment of communist internationalism to triumph.”
Part of the strategy, which has played out around the world, is to gradually weaken the existing institutions of government through internal division and for it to eventually be taken over by a different ideology or regime.
To defend against this, McDonald said Australia needed to embrace “commonly held values” and stand by those ideals.
His views were echoed by Albanian expatriates to Australia, Dr Zekri and Tina Palushi, who said the Voice proposal carried echoes of Marxism.
“The class system was implemented in order to incite Albanian citizens to hate and fight against each other, and I must admit that the strategy worked very well for the Albanian Communist Party.
“Because in this way, they managed to keep the people divided while [the Party] worked together further pushing its agenda,” Dr Zekri said.
“That’s why we see the Voice not as a gesture of kindness but as a Marxist movement with specific goals that, if successful, will see the good Aboriginal people become the greatest losers,” he previously told The Epoch Times.PC