Lidia Thorpe Biography: Husband, Age, Children, Net Worth, Children, Parents, Twitter, Contact

Posted By Lorenza Nicholas March 7, 2024

Biography

Lidia Alma Thorpe (born August 18, 1973), or simply Lidia Thorpe, is a well-known Australian politician who’s been putting her heart into serving as an independent senator for Victoria since 2020.

As a proud member of the DjabWurrung and Gunnai Gunditjmara peoples, Lidia Thorpe holds a special place as Victoria’s first Aboriginal senator. Lidia’s incredible journey has made her a beacon of empowerment and representation for Indigenous communities nationwide.

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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Lidia Alma Thorpe
Stage Name: Lidia Thorpe
Born: 18 August 1973 (age 50 years old)
Place of Birth: Carlton, Australia
Nationality: Australian
Education: Swinburne University of Technology
Height: 1.67 m
Parents: Roy Illingworth, Marjorie Thorpe
Siblings: Meriki Kalinya Onus
Spouse: Divorced
Boyfriend • Partner: Gavan McFadzean (2019-2022)
Children: 3
Occupation: Politician
Net Worth: $1 million-$5 million (USD)

Early Life & Education

Lidia Thorpe, a proud DjabWurrung, Gunnai, and Gunditjmara woman, was born on August 18, 1973, in Carlton, Victoria, Australia. Growing up, she was raised by her father, Roy Illingworth, alongside her mother, Marjorie Thorpe, and cousins Alister ThorpeLisa Thorpe, and Alice Pepper.

Her sister’s name is Meriki Kalinya OnusLidia Thorpe pursued her education, earning a Certificate IV in Indigenous Leadership, a Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Management, and a Diploma in Community Development from Swinburne University of Technology. Despite becoming a single mother at 17, Lidia persevered and became a prominent societal figure.

Career

Lidia Thorpe‘s journey into politics began when she was elected to the Victorian Aboriginal Consultative Committee in 2004. For six years, she tirelessly fought for Aboriginal people’s rights. Then, in 2010, she joined the Victorian Greens and became their spokesperson on crucial issues like Aboriginal affairs, mental health, consumer affairs, and sport.

A major milestone came in 2017 when Lidia won the Northcote seat in the Victorian Legislative Assembly, making her the first Aboriginal woman to do so. She remained a strong voice for important causes throughout her time there, earning respect and influence in the political arena.

In 2020, Lidia Thorpe took on an even bigger role as Victoria’s first Aboriginal senator, filling the seat left by Richard Di Natale‘s resignation. She remained a prominent figure within the Greens, advocating for First Nations communities, justice, and sport.

However, in early 2023, Lidia parted ways with the Greens over disagreements about the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament. She believed it wouldn’t truly represent Aboriginal people and feared it could harm native title rights. Despite leaving the party, Lidia is an independent senator, representing Victoria with passion and dedication.

Known for her outspoken support of Aboriginal rights, Lidia Thorpe doesn’t hold back in criticizing the government’s treatment of Indigenous Australians. She’s a strong advocate for a treaty between the government and Aboriginal communities and pushes for creating an autonomous Aboriginal nation, stressing the importance of Black sovereignty.

Social Media

  • Twitter: @SenatorThorpe
  • Instagram: @senatorthorpe
  • Facebook: Senator Lidia Thorpe

Personal Life

Lidia Thorpe, who’s 50 years young, isn’t currently married. She parted ways with her husband a while back, but they share custody of their children. Despite the challenges, Lidia is a proud mom to three children, and as of April 2022, she’s over the moon about being a grandmother to four adorable grandchildren.

Juggling single parenthood and her studies, Lidia Thorpe pursued her passion for policy at university. In 2019, she found love with Gavan McFadzean, who worked as the Australian Conservation Foundation’s Climate Change and Clean Energy Program manager. Sadly, their relationship didn’t last, and they went their separate ways in 2022.

Net Worth

Lidia Thorpe‘s net worth is estimated to be between $1 million and $5 million. This is based on her salary as a senator, which is $221,250 per year, and her assets and investments. Thorpe has not publicly disclosed her net worth, but this estimate is based on publicly available information.




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