Robbie Thorpe is from the Krautungalung people of the Gunai Nation, the traditional owners of Lake Tyers, as well as the Gunditjmara Nation whose homelands include Framlingham, both in Victoria.
Robbie has been a long-time advocate for ‘Pay the Rent’, describing it as a way of providing an independent economic resource for Aboriginal peoples. He was given permission by NAIHO to carry the Pay The Rent concept forward when NAIHO folded in the late 1980s. He was a member of the Fitzroy Pay The Rent project in the 1990s and has continued to promote the concept ever since.
Robbie was a founding office bearer of the Aboriginal Provisional Government in 1992; a founding member of the Black GST collective in 2005; and spokesperson for the Black GST’s Camp Sovereignty protests in 2006. He has long been associated with the Aboriginal Embassy and with campaigning for the full ratification of the Genocide Convention.
Over many decades of struggle, Robbie has worked closely with anti-logging campaigners, anti-corporate globalization activists, refugee groups, West Papuan and many others, building a strong network of allies and supporters. He broadcasts three mornings a week on 3CR community radio and is known for the concept of ‘Treaty-Republic’ as the solution to this country’s constitutional and sovereign woes.