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Warren Mundine’s very public quest to reach his estranged daughter after she suffered a ‘breakdown’ at the mall


Prominent No campaigner for Indigenous Voice to Parliament Warren Mundine has publicly reached out to his daughter amid health problems.

Mr Mundine and his daughter Garigarra Riley-Mundine have not spoken for four years, with Mrs Riley Mundine, herself a new mother, saying she was morally opposed to her father’s views before the referendum.

Mr Mundine told Daily Mail Australia on Saturday he suffered a «breakdown» at a shopping center near his home on Sydney’s leafy North Shore amid a strained relationship with his daughter and public backlash against his campaign on the Voice, and was treated at Royal North Shore Hospital .

«It’s the day before Mother’s Day and that just triggered me and I broke down,» Mr Mundine said.

“They had to call the police and an ambulance who were very brilliant, they calmed me down, had a cup of tea with me and took me to hospital.

“And then I reached out to my daughter.

Mr Mundine shared a picture of the pair with Ms Riley-Mundine holding her niece on Saturday morning X with the caption: “Garro or any of Garra’s friends can you please ask her to call me. Her dad.’

Warren Mundine revealed he had a «breakdown» this weekend amid backlash over his views on the Voice and his strained relationship with his daughter.

Mr Mundine went to X to publicly ask his daughter to contact him

Mr Mundine went to X to publicly ask his daughter to contact him

Mr Mundine said the rift between him and his daughter deepened when she gave interviews and spoke out publicly against his views during the referendum campaign.

Ms Riley-Mundine, who is of Wiradjuri-Kamilaroi and Bundjalung-Yuin heritage, told The Guardian she believed his stance was «not morally correct».

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In an interview with 10News, Narelda Jacobs told 10News that the man she saw at the forefront of the No campaign was not the same man she knew growing up and his views did not match how their family was raised.

She recalled how her parents met at the protest and claimed some of the people around Mr Mundine in recent years were not people he would have associated with in his youth.

«My daughter was out of my life, I didn’t even know she was pregnant,» Mr Mundine said.

“She leaned towards Narelda Jacobs who attacked me on SBS.

“But I’m proud of her and her views.

Garigarra Riley-Mundine, 31, is one of seven children Mundine had with ex-wife and Indigenous educator Dr Lynette Riley during a 26-year marriage that ended in divorce in 2008.

Garigarra Riley-Mundine, 31, is one of seven children Mundine had with ex-wife and Indigenous educator Dr Lynette Riley during a 26-year marriage that ended in divorce in 2008.

Mr Mundine (pictured right with fellow No advocate Jacinta Nampijinpa Price) was a prominent campaigner against the Voice of Parliament.

Mr Mundine (pictured right with fellow No advocate Jacinta Nampijinpa Price) was a prominent campaigner against the Voice of Parliament.

Mr Mundine said he had come under intense opposition for his views against enshrining an Aboriginal voice in parliament in the constitution.

«Whether you voted yes or no, we should treat each other with respect,» he said.

“I suffered from mental health issues and racial abuse and attacks. I have lost board positions to corporate cowboys who have gone against me.

“It’s taken a huge toll on my mental health, I see a psychologist.

Mr Mundine said he was preparing to launch a mental health awareness campaign for all Australians.

“Men in particular can be silent about these things, but there should be no shame in reaching out for mental health support.

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“I would say to my daughter, give me a call, reach out and we can sit down, have a cup of tea and have a chat.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Ms Riley-Mundine for a response.



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