The 94-year-old Dalkeith man who gave $1 million to the No campaign insists he is ‘not political’ and simply wanted to ‘balance’ the big spending of corporate Australia that was out to ‘denigrate’ Australia.
Dan Jervis-Bardy and Claire Sadler
A Perth company pumped more than $1 million into the right-wing outfit that led the No campaign in the Voice to Parliament referendum, it has been revealed.
Dan Jervis-Bardy and Neale Prior
Federal public servants would be legally required to consult Indigenous representatives on matters affecting them under an alternative to a Voice to Parliament pushed in the aftermath of the failed vote.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese once touted but ultimately failed Voice Referendum didn’t even get a mention in his 2023 end-of-year wrap video.
A national vote on constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that didn’t include the Voice to Parliament would likely have succeeded, a new study of voter attitudes reveals.
There was one question Prime Minister Anthony Albanese was desperate to avoid answering during the doomed Voice referendum campaign.
An extraordinary number of West Australians did not vote in the Indigenous Voice referendum and will now receive letters from the Australian Electoral Commission asking them to explain themselves or pay a fine.
The City of Bayswater was the sole eastern suburbs local government that flew flags at half-mast following the Voice referendum.
The Shire of Harvey is set to debate whether to abolish the acknowledgement of country, with one councillor calling for the ‘tokenism’ to be scrapped.
Sean Van Der Wielen
Thousands of West Australians have signed a petition demanding the Cook Government ‘unequivocally’ rule out legislating a Voice to State Parliament after voters resoundingly voted No in the national referendum.
WA Liberal senator Michaelia Cash has called for party unity ahead of the next Federal election, saying the successful campaign to defeat the Voice was a template for future success.
The Federal Government’s commitment to treaty and truth-telling is under fresh doubt amid revelations millions of dollars set aside for its promised Makaratta Commission are yet to be spent.
The Perth council declined to lower Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags to half-mast despite a strong Yes vote in the community.
The Katanning Indigenous community has slammed O’Connor MP Rick Wilson for his part in the No campaign, accusing him of peddling “misinformation” and failing to act in their interests.
The Federal Government has no timeline for introducing new national Aboriginal cultural heritage laws as it treads carefully after the saga in WA.
The question remains how do we overcome Indigenous disadvantage?
Outside of the emotional response to the referendum result, there are hard-headed questions being asked from supporters about the miserable failure that was the Yes campaign.
Katina Curtis and Dan Jervis-Bardy
The residents of the capital are so out of step with the rest of the country that their vote on the Voice was the opposite of the national ballot that so rejected Labor’s attempt to rewrite the Constitution.
The political row over Indigenous affairs escalated in the Federal Parliament on Thursday as the Coalition continue to use the fallout to the failed Voice to Parliament referendum to push its alternative agenda
A Perth council will lower its Aboriginal flag for one week in a sign of ‘support and empathy’ for local elders following the Voice referendum result.
Gabrielle Becerra Mellet
The veteran musician says he can’t be proud of Australia after the country voted to reject the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament, and feels ‘honour-bound’ to return his Order of Australia medal.
The State’s resounding rejection of the Voice to Parliament referendum – including in Labor strongholds – doesn’t spell trouble for Anthony Albanese ahead of the next Federal Election.
Sadly, for many Australians, 2023 has been the year where families, friends, and colleagues were pulled apart by the opposing sides of a bitter debate.
Drawing conclusions about the impact of the Voice referendum on WA’s political landscape is a fraught task.
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