Michelle Grattan writes in The Conversation (23.3.23) about the Prime Minister’s announcement that the wording of the referendum question on an Indigenous Voice to Parliament has been decided.
‘An emotional Anthony Albanese, flanked by members of the referendum working group, has released the final proposed wording of the question to be put to Australians to incorporate an Indigenous Voice to Parliament in the Constitution.
‘Despite pressure from conservative lawyers to build in stronger protections against legal challenges under a future Voice, in particular in relation to its interaction with the public service, only tweaking has been undertaken to the original wording released by the prime minister at the Garma festival last year.
‘The question of potential legal challenge is contested by constitutional experts, with some strongly arguing there is no problem.
‘In a simply worded question, Australians will be asked to approve altering the Constitution “to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice”.’
- ‘We’re all in’, declares an emotional Albanese as he launches the wording for the Voice referendum
- We now know exactly what question the Voice referendum will ask Australians. A constitutional law expert explains
- The referendum rules have been decided. What does this mean for the Voice?
- Emotional PM reveals wording for the Voice referendum
- Voice to Parliament referendum question and constitutional amendment announced
- Indigenous voice to parliament referendum question and constitution changes revealed by emotional PM
- Matter from the heart: Tearful Albo reveals the question we’ll be asked in Voice vote
- ‘Line in the sand’: Indigenous leaders say voice to parliament a defining moment
- What will Australians be voting on in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum?
- All Australians own the constitution. Now we have the words to prove it
- Albo room
- After months of throwing rocks, have conservatives finally found their Voice?
- Alas, no beauty or poetry, but it’s the verbs in this bill that reveal true power of The Voice
- The Voice referendum is an appeal to the people, not politics, and it needs to rise above Canberra to succeed
- Despite all the noise from Canberra, Dutton’s vote on the voice will count the same as every other Australian
- Former Tasmanian premier’s frank advice to Liberal Party on Voice opposition
- Outcry as Australian opposition refuses to back constitutional recognition of Indigenous people
- Albanese says yes campaign ‘factored in’ Dutton’s opposition to Indigenous voice to parliament
- ‘Seize this moment’: PM reveals why Liberals won’t sink Voice
- Indigenous voice opposition has cost the Liberals Julian Leeser and Ken Wyatt. The own goals are mounting
- Peter Dutton left with a difficult decision, after Julian Leeser’s stand blows big holes in his Voice argument
- Voting yes to the voice is a liberal act to empower Indigenous Australians to take responsibility for their lives
- ‘We can’t afford to lose’: the campaign for a yes vote in north Queensland
- A majority of First Nations people support the voice. Why don’t non-Indigenous Australians believe this?
- Journalists reporting on the Voice to Parliament do voters a disservice with ‘he said, she said’ approach
- The Indigenous voice vote is a unifying moment for a confident nation capable of change
- ‘Our voice is the spirit of this country’: connecting Yolngu parliament in Arnhem Land to Canberra
- What is the Indigenous Voice to Parliament? Here’s how it would work and who’s for and against it
- Regional communities were central to Uluru Statement, and they must also be for the Voice to Parliament
Peter Dutton confirms Liberals will oppose Indigenous voice to parliament
Josh Butler reports in The Guardian (4.4.23) on Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s announcement that the federal Liberal Party will not support the proposed Indigenous voice to parliament.
‘The Liberal leader, Peter Dutton, will actively campaign against the Indigenous voice referendum, directing his frontbench to oppose the proposal. Dutton has instead proposed symbolic recognition in the constitution and a legislated voice, both suggestions which have long been rejected by Indigenous communities and the Uluru statement from the heart.
‘The opposition leader claimed the proposal advanced by the prime minister, Anthony Albanese, based on years of consultation with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, would not deliver positive results.
‘“We have been clear we don’t support his Canberra voice. It is divisive and won’t deliver the outcomes to people on the ground,” Dutton claimed.
‘The Indigenous Australians minister, Linda Burney, accused Dutton of “tying himself in knots”, alleging the decision was made by Dutton to secure his leadership in a tense party room after the historic Aston byelection loss.’
- Peter Dutton confirms Liberals will oppose Indigenous voice to parliament
- Liberal Party to oppose government’s Voice to parliament
- Liberal Party confirms it will oppose the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
- Albanese admits blow to Voice after Liberal vote
- Dutton’s ‘no’ on the Voice a blend of dubious claims and genuine doubts
- Indigenous voice: no campaign event reinforced ‘racist stereotypes’, watchdog says
- Government warns Voice referendum failure will have dire consequences
- Grattan on Friday: A ‘No’ vote in the Voice referendum would put a serious dent in Australia’s image abroad
- View from The Hill: Peter Dutton’s risky call to campaign for ‘No’ in Voice referendum
- Peter Dutton’s ‘resounding No’ sets up a clear and partisan divide on the Voice to Parliament
- Ex-minister quits Liberals amid fury at party’s negative stance on Voice
- Dutton’s voice stance doesn’t protect Indigenous people. The no campaign is already scaring them
- Liberal party accused of ‘turning its back’ on Indigenous people by opposing voice
- Noel Pearson accused Peter Dutton of ‘preparing the grave’ to bury the Uluru Statement, after Liberals reject Voice proposal
- Peter Dutton and the voice: what the Liberal party has got wrong about Indigenous recognition
- Grattan on Friday: the high cost of the Liberals’ Voice rejection – for both Peter Dutton and the party
- Camouflaging a ‘resounding no’ in yeses, Peter Dutton puts his Liberal leadership on the line
- The Voice is not revolutionary or threatening. Why is Peter Dutton and the Coalition opposing the modest change?
- Cabinet cracks: Another senior Liberal resigns over party’s stance on Voice
- Liberals are free to vote however they wish on Voice, as long as it’s ‘no’
- Julian Leeser says Liberal proposal for symbolic Indigenous constitutional recognition ‘not enough’
- Qld LNP leader will ‘take his time’ on voice position
- Dutton has staked everything on his stand against the Voice
- Peter Dutton’s Voice to parliament strategy puts Liberal Party in a spiral
- Peter Dutton’s no-payoff gamble
- Some Liberals won’t oppose the Voice, others will campaign quietly. Here’s where they stand