Abbie Chatfield has revealed how she will vote in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum.
In a lengthy post, the 28-year-old podcaster said she was voting yes after spending the last year researching both sides of the debate.
The former Bachelor star also admitted it was difficult for her “as a white person” to vote because it should only include First Nations people.
She went on to say that she was “studying how First Nations people would vote” by talking to her friends, watching debates, following polls and actively seeking out diverse Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voices on social networks.
“I just wanted to vote in a way that would represent First Nations people,” she said.
Media personality Abbie Chatfield revealed how she would vote in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum
The 28-year-old podcaster said she would vote yes after spending the last year researching both sides of the debate.
“I understand that as a white person I will never have a complete understanding of Indigenous issues no matter how much ‘research’ I do, and First Nations people are by no means homogenous,” she said. -she continued.
“That is why the content I have shared is the information that I believe most directly and clearly shows the views of those who will be affected by the referendum.”
Abbie added that it wasn’t her place “as a white person to prioritize my opinion over Indigenous voices.”
After explaining that she had also listened to progressive No voters and could “fully recognize their views,” she ultimately decided to vote Yes.
It comes just days after the No campaign released shocking new data on how Indigenous people intend to vote, calling into question a major claim by the Yes campaign.
The former Bachelor star also admitted in a lengthy post that it was difficult for her “as a white person” to vote because it should only include First Nations people.
The Yes23 campaign has repeatedly stated that 80 per cent of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people support The Voice, a figure which has also been used by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
But the No camp said its internal polling of First Nations people showed support for the referendum was far lower than the Yes camp claimed.
In a February poll, Indigenous support for Voice stood at 60 percent – at a time when overall support in the broader community was almost exactly the same, at 59 percent.
By May, the number of Indigenous people supporting Voice had fallen to 57 per cent, and to 54 per cent among all Australians, the Sunday Telegraph reported.
That 80 percent figure is based on polls in January and March by Ipsos and YouGov, which found support for Voice among Indigenous Australians was 80 percent and 83 percent respectively.
A spokesperson for the No camp said the support figures, ranging from 57 to 60 percent, rather than 80 to 83 percent, “turn the Yes campaign’s assertion that Indigenous Australians overwhelmingly support the Voice – that’s not true.”
“It’s a lie that has sustained their campaign for months. The experience on the ground is clear: Indigenous Australians are just as divided on the Voice as everyone else.
The Prime Minister said he believed the Yes campaign could win
The No camp’s poll was conducted online, which “prioritises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who have access to the internet” and “does not include face-to-face meetings in remote communities” .
But the Ipsos and YouGov polls were also carried out online.
Early voting stations opened in some states on Monday and were all open on Tuesday across Australia due to public holidays in some jurisdictions.
Like around 2.2 million Australians, Mr Albanese has already voted in the referendum on Saturday in his home constituency of Marrickville, in western Sydney.
“Yes for recognition, yes for listening, yes for better results,” Mr. Albanese wrote in a message on social media, accompanied by a photo of him voting in the ballot box alongside his son Nathan.
If the Yes vote is successful, The Voice will provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with a means of advising the Government on policy and legislative issues that directly affect them.
The most recent poll suggested that the Yes vote would fail by 36 to 56 percent.
Meanwhile, former Australian chief justice Robert French KC said Australians would do “better” than live up to the No campaign slogan “if you don’t know, vote no”, in a speech Friday in front of the National Press Club.
“It invites us into resentful, curiosity-free passivity. Australians – whether they vote Yes or No – are better than this,” he said.
“We’re waiting impatiently. We can also look back to better understand where we came from and where we currently are.
The overwhelming majority of Australian legal experts believe the Australians’ proposed amendment is constitutionally sound and would “improve” the system of government, Mr French said.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the Yes23 campaign but declined to comment.