Labor MP for the Kimberley, Divina D’Anna, says political leaders like Roger Cook and his popular predecessor Mark McGowan are “not needed” to secure a Yes vote because support for a Voice is movement led at the “grassroots level”. Ms D’Anna, a Yawuru and Bardi woman, gathered with former Liberal Aboriginal Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt, Greens Senator Dorinda Cox and former Labor Senator and Hockeyroo Nova Peris in Kings Park on Thursday. The bipartisan group — surrounded by Yes supporters — were promoting the Voice two days before Australians vote in the landmark referendum. Despite showing up to campaign in the Rockingham by-election, Mr McGowan has been publicly silent on the Voice since resigning as Premier in June. And although Mr Cook promised to take on a leading role in the campaign he has attended relatively few Yes events. Ms D’Anna said the fight for the Voice was a “grassroots level” cause and individual politicians were not needed to take the lead. “I think what the former Premier is doing is up to him and what the current Premier is also doing up to him,” she said. “I think it’ is above politics, and we don’t need those leaders to actually lead this fight. “It comes from the grassroots level. It is a people and communities’ movement. Whilst there may be some absences, it doesn’t take one person to lead this charge home.” Referencing polls that are predicting a thumping victory for the No campaign, Ms D’Anna said they could be “obscured” and criticised politicians who had sought to link the Voice to botched state Aboriginal heritage laws. “The heritage laws are not on the ballot right now. But I will say that I was quite hurt and offended by several people who drew a connection between the heritage laws and the Voice just to politicise the issue and make it about politics,” she said. Ms Peris — the first Aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal — called on Australians to “reciprocate the love” shown by famed Indigenous athletes such as herself, Adam Goodes and Cathy Freeman. “Allow us to have a voice because I fear what could possibly happen if we wake up with a No vote. But I am optimistic. I believe in Australians,” she said. “We can be united. But this country is divided whilst we are not on the nation’s birth certificate.” Mr Wyatt — who quit the Liberal party over its opposition to the Voice — said he was “disappointed” in Peter Dutton for passing on the opportunity to work in a bipartisan way to ensure a successful referendum. “There is an opportunity in the history of this country to give Aboriginal people their place in the Constitution, but also to have them sitting as equals at the table — like we do for any other lobby group or industry sector who lobby politicians all the time and sit at the table,” he said. “This is about us asking for our chance to co-design, co-plan and be involved in decisions that are made about us.” In a last-ditch appeal to undecided voters, Indigenous advocate Noel Pearson pleaded with them not to “slam the door” on a better future for First Nations children. “This is not about Noel Pearson or Patrick Dotson or Jacinta Price or Warren Mundine. We are the past. The children are the future. We’re doing this for them,” he said. “We’re setting (the Voice) up for a better future for them. So that they can grow up in an Australia with their white friends, their Asian friends, their African friends -- who are Australians along with them -- and can enjoy a better relationship than in the past. “Don’t leave the children of the future with the door slammed in their faces. This is their time.” Senator Cox said the Greens — who hold the balance of power in the Senate — would be open to considering a legislated Voice if the referendum failed but had not discussed that with the Albanese Government. The Prime Minister has said he will not legislate a Voice if the No campaign prevails.