If One Voice Falls Another Will Take its Place By James Reed
There is some great news, and some predictable news. The great news is that the NO side is now in the majority, with the latest Newspoll showing that the YES side has 38 percent support, while the NO has 53 percent. But, we should not be complacent about this, as corporate Australia and Big Tech intend to throw tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars, into the election to turn this around. And, it could happen, so we must fight on even harder now, just as in a foot race, the leader does not slacken off just because he is ahead. The enemy must be soundly defeated.
And, predictably enough, the Leader of the Opposition, Peter Dutton, said he will hold another referendum if the Voice fails, to make sure Aboriginal recognition gets in the Constitution. How about when we win the Voice, we lobby to get Dutton tossed out as leader?
“The Yes campaign have a steep mountain to climb ahead of the October 14 referendum, as a new poll shows the No vote is now in the majority.
The latest Newspoll for The Australian reveals support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament has fallen to 38 per cent, while those intending to vote No has risen to 53 per cent.
With just under six weeks to go until Australians head to the polls for the first referendum since 1999, the new poll marks the first time since Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced his intention to constitutionally enshrine Indigenous recognition that opposition to the pitch has outranked support.
The poll also shows support for the Coalition has reached its highest level since the May 2022 election – leading Labor 37 per cent to 35 per cent on the primary vote.
And, ahead of what’s set to be a divisive campaign in the lead up to the referendum, Mr Albanese’s personal approval ratings have also fallen into negative territory for the first time since taking office – down from 52 per cent to 46 per cent.
The latest poll comes as Opposition Leader Peter Dutton promised to hold another referendum should this one fall over and he be elected prime minister.
Mr Dutton says his referendum would constitutionally recognise Indigenous people without enshrining a Voice.
The Uluru Statement of the Heart explicitly calls for Indigenous recognition in the Constitution through a Voice to Parliament.”