Latest poll shows the Voice to Parliament quickly losing support

The latest Newspoll shows support for the Voice is sliding just six weeks ahead of referendum day. Source: Getty Images.

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.”

Albanese has also been adamant that the “Yes” vote would not entail reparation payments, a date change for Australia Day or have any sway on government decision. 

With the “Yes” vote quickly losing traction many people have taken to Twitter to voice their support.

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.

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.

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