Voice advocate Thomas Mayo has become a target for misinformation, with claims he told an Indigenous man to “sit down and shut up” at a public meeting.
The claim is false. While Mr Mayo was one of the speakers at the Indigenous voice meeting, it was an elder from the audience who told the man to sit down.
He was not told to “shut up” as is claimed.
“Thomas Mayo is a grub,” one post read. “He’s just lost a Voice. Vote No to Mayo and the Constitution.”
He claimed he was told to “sit down and shut up” after having asked a series of questions.
However, neither Mr Appo nor Mr Fordham suggested it was Mr Mayo who said “sit down and shut up”.
He played the audio on his show, which clearly features a female voice telling Mr Appo to “sit down”. At no point is he told to “shut up”.
The audio also makes clear it is not Mr Mayo who tells the man to “sit down”.
After being told to “sit down”, Mr Appo responds, pleading to be able to ask “one more question”. The female then tells him: “No you’ve had enough.”
Mr Taylor reported the female voice was that of a local Indigenous elder called Aunty Jill.
Mr Mayo appeared at the meeting alongside Jade Appo-Ritchie. They presented their case for the voice before opening the floor to questions.
The claim voice advocate Thomas Mayo told an Indigenous man to “sit down and shut up” at a ‘yes’ campaign event is false.
The man was told to sit down by an Indigenous elder in the audience, not by Mr Mayo.
There is no evidence of him being told to shut up.
False – The claim is inaccurate.