Jacinta Price’s father, Dave Price, sat down with Andrew Bolt to discuss his daughter’s confidence and how he deals with the abuse she receives | Englishheadline


The father of Indigenous senator and No campaigner Jacinta Price has revealed how he deals with the public abuse she receives and what he and his wife did to instil confidence in their daughter.

Jacinta Price has built a career as an outspoken critic of many accepted orthodoxies who is willing to tell unpopular truths. However this has frequently made the shadow Indigenous Australians minister the target of abuse, including from other Indigenous leaders.

On Wednesday evening Senator Price’s father, Dave Price, sat down with Englishheadline host Andrew Bolt for an exclusive interview to discuss the attacks against his daughter and which Indigenous leader he is particularly angry at.

Asked how he coped with seeing the abuse his daughter received, Mr Price said there had been a time when it had kept him awake at night with anger but that was no longer the case.

“I’ve been through that stage, I suppose, but I have to say we’re used to it,” he said, revealing that his wife, Bess Price, “was similarly abused when she successfully ran for the NT parliament.”

“I come from a very working-class background, we’re used to the idea that sometimes you have to fight. My wife comes from a community that’s usually, most often, riven by feuding – very violent feuding.

“We understand that, really, it doesn’t matter what you say somebody’s going to hate you for it.”

Mr Price said he wasn’t the “uneducated ratbags” who bothered him but Indigenous leaders like Noel Pearson.

“What bothers me most is not the meatheads, the uneducated ratbags who just can’t think of anything better to say. They’re always around,” Mr Price said.

“I don’t mind them showing the world what they really like. I think it’s actually good for the rest of the country to see what we’re up against and how they instinctively behave.

“But I am pretty disturbed by the nonsense that the so-called (indigenous) leaders have come out with. That’s one thing that really bothers me quite a bit more.

“You know, Noel Pearson, that rant he gave on ABC TV about our daughter was just lunacy. And to me, typical big man stuff – deeply misogynistic.”

Last November Mr Pearson launched an extraordinary attack on Senator Price during a lengthy, largely uninterrupted rant on ABC radio, accusing the Indigenous senator of being part of a “redneck celebrity vortex” where she was used by right wing think tanks to “punch down on other blackfellas”.

“I thought that was a particularly idiotic thing to say. And he had no qualms, he had no qualms about punching down on my daughter,” Mr Price said.

Mr Price said he thinks his daughter “does an excellent job of fighting back and defending herself”, before revealing what he and Jacinta’s mother, Bess Price, had done to built her confidence when she was younger.

“When she was young, we decided very early in her life that she needed some training in martial arts, and we made sure she got that – not just so that she could physically defend herself but that could give her the confidence to deal with the sort of aggressive idiocy that she cops all the time,” he said.

“And I think, I don’t know, you’d have to ask her, but I think that’s helped.

“Once she reached adulthood, she often acted as a bodyguard, if you like, or a protector of friends in the streets of Alice Springs.

“She had a reputation earlier of being able to look after herself, to handle herself. So her friends were safe with her.

“And I felt safe with her, actually. I used to protect her but then she got to the stage where I felt that she was protecting me. So we’re not worried by a fight.”

Mr Price said that Bess Price was also used to being abused, claiming that although nobody likes to say it, “Aboriginal women are used to being abused” because “their culture is particularly misogynist.”

He also revealed how he had met Jacinta’s mother, Bess Price, 44 years ago when his marriage was falling apart and she was “in a relationship with an extremely violent man”.

“Both of our marriages broke up at the same time. Her family, I think, were looking for somebody who Bess could go to and safely leave the community,” he said.

“So with the full support of both my family and her family, we took a big risk and got together and that was 44 years ago.”

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