Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie criticizes Anthony Albanese for Indigenous voice in Parliament
- Bridget McKenzie slammed Anthony Albanese
- She said a Voice victory would be ‘unprecedented’
The success of the Indigenous Voice referendum would be “unprecedented” due to the lack of bipartisanship on the issue, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has said.
Australians will go to the polls in a fortnight to decide whether they want to enshrine an indigenous voice in the constitution to advise Parliament and the executive government.
Opinion polls conducted before the October 14 referendum showed that the “no” campaign is coming.
Senator McKenzie said while there were divisions over Voice, there was strong support for constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Senator McKenzie said the opposition was not to blame for the lack of bipartisanship on the issue, highlighting one of the main problems with the referendum.
“Why hasn’t the Prime Minister resolved the issue?” she told Sky News on Sunday.
The success of the Indigenous voice referendum would be “unprecedented” due to the lack of bipartisanship on the issue, Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie has said.
The Liberals and Nationals spoke out against Indigenous Voice, saying the body would not produce positive results for Indigenous people.
“What is unprecedented is a referendum question that does not have bipartisan support in this country,” she said.
“If this were a referendum on recognizing First Australians in the constitution, there would be bipartisan support and I think 95 per cent of Australians would vote ‘yes’.”
Education Minister Jason Clare said the “yes” campaign was still ongoing and the constitutional change would be a moment of unity for the country.
“It’s not a Labor idea, it’s not a Liberal idea. It’s the idea that Aboriginal Australians are asking us to work with them, asking us to listen to them, reaching out to them.” he told Sky News.
Australians will go to the polls in a fortnight to decide whether to enshrine in the constitution an Indigenous voice to advise Parliament and the executive government.
“Australians have a choice in a few weeks: shake this hand or slap it.”
Early Vote voting will begin on Monday in the NT, Tasmania, Victoria and WA ahead of the referendum.
Voters in the ACT, NSW, Queensland and SA will be able to vote early from Tuesday, due to Monday’s public holiday.
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