Thomas Mayo

The Communist Sympathies of Prominent Voice Campaigner Thomas Mayo

23 June 2023

2.4 MINS

The Voice to Parliament’s radical underpinnings have been exposed in newly surfaced tweets and videos this week from “Yes” activist Thomas Mayo.

The Voice to Parliament’s “Yes” campaign has already hit turbulence following revelations one of its chief campaigners, Thomas Mayo, has strong communist sympathies.

This week, videos were unearthed of Mayo speaking at online forums of the Search Foundation, established in 1990 as the successor to the Communist Party of Australia, as well as at in-person Invasion Day and Black Lives Matter rallies.

In one such clip, the union official and self-described “militant” pays his respects to “the elders of the Communist Party who I think without a doubt have played a very important role in our activism”.

“Tear Down the Institutions”

At a May Day rally held last month in Port Kembla, Mayo told those gathered, “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 singled out former Australian Prime Minister John Howard as one of those “bastards”, according to The Australian.

In other footage, using classically Marxist language, Mayo states his intention to “change the system and tear down the institutions that harm our people”. 

He also said that the power of the Voice would be its ability to “punish politicians that ignore our advice” on legislation and funding.

Mayo, a Darling of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

Thomas Mayo is a signatory of the Uluru Statement from the Heart. He was chosen by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese to sit on the Referendum Working Group, which drafted the referendum question, and was invited to stand by the PM’s side when the referendum wording was unveiled.

Mayo has also co-authored The Voice to Parliament Handbook with veteran journalist Kerry O’Brien.

Mayo’s vision for the Voice directly contradicts Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s claim that the referendum proposal is “modest”, and one that will merely help Australia’s most vulnerable and unify the nation.

“Where’s the downside here?” Albanese has asked, in his support of the Yes campaign. “What are people risking here? From my perspective this is all upside.”

When questioned, Albanese has avoided all discussion of treaty, reparations, and the Land Back movement, which calls for an end to “colonial” occupation and the return of Australia to Indigenous governance — causes that Mayo vocally supports.

Reparations and the “Pay the Rent” Movement

As reported by the Daily Mail, old tweets also re-emerged this week revealing Thomas Mayo’s hope that the Voice, once enshrined in the Constitution, will prompt reparations for Indigenous people, Australians paying “rent” to live on their own land, and the abolition of “harmful colonial institutions”.

Posted between 2018 and 2020, Mayo’s tweets also called for “getting ALL our kids out of prisons & in to care” and “integration of our laws & lore”.

The “Pay the Rent” movement, referenced in Mayo’s tweets, calls on homeowners “to voluntarily pay a percentage of their income to Aboriginal elders without any government oversight or intervention,” per the Daily Mail.

Other Indigenous Parliamentarians Weigh In

During Question Time on Tuesday, Minister for Indigenous Affairs Linda Burney was invited to condemn Thomas Mayo’s incendiary views.

However, Burney refused, saying, “I am not responsible for what other people say.”

Prominent No campaigner Jacinta Nampijinpa Price had other thoughts. She said Mayo’s “divisive statements were not made in secret, but were said very publicly and proudly”.

“These shocking revelations speak to the aggressive and radical agenda behind the Voice and destroy once and for all the myth that this massive change to our Constitution is ‘a modest request’,” Senator Price added.

“He is very clear that the intention, the goal, the ambition of the Voice and this referendum is to divide Australians.”

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  1. Warwick Marsh 23 June 2023 at 6:01 am - Reply

    EXTremely important revelation!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Kim Beazley 26 June 2023 at 7:43 am - Reply

    Well written as usual, Kurt. A timely exposé of the true motives behind “The Voice to Parliament”. You’ve laid bare its brazen and unapologetic Marxist influence of and motivation behind it. Voting “Yes” will only embolden the activists like Mayo, whose objectives are clear, and incidentally, make no mention of the serious issues facing real outback Indigenous communities. His only aim is revenge, money and power.

    • Patricia Bartlett 6 July 2023 at 7:53 pm - Reply

      This can’t possibly the true opinion of the Kim Beazley I admire.

    • Noel Benjamin 30 July 2023 at 9:40 pm - Reply

      Which Kim Beazely? The person whose intellectual acuity must be questioned as his comments are prejudiced and entirely misleading!

  3. Ken Day 3 July 2023 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    I was born in 1946 not 1770. Why should I pay “rent?”

  4. Countess Antonia Maria Violetta Scrivanich 7 July 2023 at 1:20 am - Reply

    The Voice “from the heart “! is a Trogan Horse with the rest of us paying property tax to the elite First Nations. A destruction of the Australian way of life and freedoms.

  5. Ned Kelly 9 July 2023 at 8:24 am - Reply

    Vote NO – No to racism, elitism, land grabs

  6. Csaba 12 July 2023 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    A movement which has some merit is being torpedoed by activists such as the writer of this article.
    VOTE NO !

  7. Meredith Edwards 20 August 2023 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    Interesting editing by adding Albanese’ statement about it being a moderate change. Does this misleading addition to the extracts about Thomas Mayor add to an informed debate? Not for me.

  8. Hamish MacGregor 22 August 2023 at 8:55 am - Reply

    This has shown the true Labor party its the COMMUNEST PARTY 100% get them out

  9. Trever 24 August 2023 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    Here is a link into the background of Thomas, whilst born in the Torres Strait Islands, it seems his family migrated there from Philippines mostly. His Dad however was a member of the Communist Party of Australia. He definitely has more credible links to Communism than any native rights, by bloodline.

    • John Anderson 25 August 2023 at 10:12 am - Reply

      Thanks for the link Trever, I wonder how many of the 250 signatures on the Uluru statement are from marginalized aboriginal communities and how many are from the Australian Communist movement? Personally, I don’t want to be welcomed to my country of birth, my parents and grand parents country of birth by someone with less blood ties to Australia than me.

  10. John Butler 12 September 2023 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Abo made a good choice using John Farnham’s song.

    A few of the lyrics,

    You’re the voice, try and understand it

    We can write what we want to write

    • Kurt Mahlburg 12 September 2023 at 10:27 pm - Reply

      Yes the song lyrics did accidentally say the quiet part out loud!

  11. Randall Jphnson 16 October 2023 at 10:33 am - Reply

    Mayo you are an arrogant grub. How dare you compare your First Nations Peoples views with yours. The true first Nation People are not Commies. They would not know what a commie was. I am so glad you got your butt kicked. Have a good look at where all the money has gone. Have you asked Pearson about the $550m he’s been given by taxpayers. I bet your salary is paid by the tax payer. You are all a pack of bludgers get off your arse and get a job. A real job. Stop moaning and groaning about how hard done by you lot are, pass on my finger to Lydia.


  12. mike McAuliffe 21 October 2023 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Thomas Mayo played a big part in the NO result. I favored Constitutional Recognition, I support legislated policies to provide assistance to DISADVANTAGED aborigines, but the Voice proposal was presented as a simple and benign request. When we saw what the real agenda was, as repeatedly exposed by Mayo, Langton, Pearson and Davis, and others, we, the people said NO. Albanese was complicit in his refusal to give details of what the voice outcome would lead to. I would have preferred to vote “yes, but not this way , so NO”

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