Support for the Voice to Parliament continues to slide with the latest Newspoll from The Australian revealing that approximately 53 per cent of respondents do not support the proposed indigenous advisory committee.
The referendum in which Australians will vote on whether or not the government should amend the constitution and include the landmark advisory committee is scheduled to take place on October 14.
The Voice to Parliament is a proposed elected body of First Nations representatives advising the government on the handling of Indigenous issues.
If voted through, the Voice would provide permanent representation and recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Constitution.
The Voice will be in place to provide advice to the government and would not deliver services, manage government funding, or mediate between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations. It is the first proposal contained within the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
The “Yes” camp would require a national majority of votes and the majority of votes in at least four of Australia’s six states to enact the change to the constitution.
The country is in for another six weeks of campaigning as the government makes an effort to improve messaging and to drum up support for the move that aims to address the historical marginalisation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who comprise about 3.2 per cent of Australia’s population.
Regarding the move, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese recently told 2GB host Ben Fordham, “We need to do things better, we need to listen to Indigenous Australians about matters that affect them.”
With the “Yes” vote quickly losing traction many people have taken to Twitter to voice their support.
I will be voting Yes. pic.twitter.com/k3IZpBC2be
— Senator Andrew Bragg (@ajamesbragg) September 4, 2023
I’m voting ‘YES’. Its the first day of Spring in our beautiful country so here’s a whole bunch of Happiness from the garden. Have a lovely weekend Twitter family #thevoicereferendum #YES #Spring pic.twitter.com/cZfbBKrkfk
— ????Jane Barnes (@jane13barnes) September 1, 2023
my hairdresser just asked her young client what they think of the referendum. Thank goodness the reply was “I’ll be voting yes because it’s a step in the right direction”. #thevoicereferendum
— EmsWW (@Emily_emillly) September 2, 2023
In stark contrast to Albanese’s staunch support of the referendum, it seems many Australians are not on board, with many citing division as one of the main reasons for their opposition.
This would be a disaster for Australia.
— Rob E Russell (@RobERussell1) August 30, 2023
We have a Prime Minister who investing all his time and his cabinets time and energy into a referendum , while people go hungry , don’t have a stable home or can’t even afford to turn on 2 lights at the same time while we watch hundreds of millions of dollars going down the drain
— Richard. (@D0NT_B_Stupid) September 4, 2023
It will hurt all Australians.
Future generations will feel the repercussions of race politics and wokism
A vote yes is a vote to divide the nation
— theGeorgian.eth (@EshMerkava) September 3, 2023
As the debate rages on, the Australian Electoral Commission will now begin distributing 13 million pamphlets to residences all across Australia, presenting the authorised positions of both the Yes and No campaigns.