To the Editor of The Australian, 11th January 2021 from NIGEL JACKSON
Are we being given an option of being hanged or shot ("Indigenous Voice proposals leave room for open debate", 11/1)? A choice is being offered of a legislated voice or one given constitutional protection. Will the consultation process allow opportunity and space for objection by those of us fundamentally opposed to the establishment of the voice in any form? This latest step in the path towards the constitutional division of this continent appears to be being forced on us in a thoroughly undemocratic way.
Long ago Bob Hawke admitted that both major political parties (the ALP and the Coalition) had conspired to force on the country a change in immigration policy without allowing a popular vote on it. Similar unethical manipulation by a consensus of the parties is now apparent again.
In whose interests is this great change? Who is funding it? And why is it being enforced in such a dishonourable way?