- Darcy Moore revealed how he would vote in Saturday’s referendum
- The Pies star hits out at critics who tell athletes to ‘shut up and play’.
- A number of NRL and AFL stars have shared their opinions
Darcy Moore has revealed which way he will vote in Saturday’s Voice to Parliament referendum, insisting it was “pretty simple” to make his decision.
The Collingwood captain also criticized those who believe athletes should just “shut up and play sport”.
The Voice Referendum aims to recognize Indigenous Australians in the constitution, creating an advisory body to get their views on policy.
According to Anthony Albanese’s government, a yes vote would recognize heritage, promote inclusion, resolve disparities and promote reconciliation.
Speaking on ABC’s Radio National Breakfast show, Moore revealed his views on the subject.
Darcy Moore has revealed he will vote Yes in the referendum Voice to Parliament
The Collingwood captain has hit out at critics who tell athletes to “shut up and play”.
“I will vote yes,” he said. “To me, I feel like this is an intuitive next step and seems like an important and practical way to help Indigenous Australians and recognize them in the constitution,” Moore said.
“There’s sort of nothing there in the wording of the question that seems problematic to me. Everything seems simple enough. So I will vote yes.
Asked if he thought a yes vote would give special status to Indigenous Australians and be divisive, Moore said no.
“The argument around division… in my view there are already advisory bodies for Indigenous Australians that have come and gone as governments have changed.
“The mechanism already existed anyway, so by making it somehow permanent in the constitution, you’re just locking it in.
“So, in that way, it’s not something new. It’s not like First Nations Australians are suddenly going to have all these extra rights.
A number of high-profile sports stars have now backed Yes, with Moore joining Nathan Cleary and Nicho Hynes in backing the campaign. The AFL defender slammed critics who tell athletes to keep their opinions to themselves.
“Athletes are human beings and citizens of the country, so they can exercise their right and say whatever they want,” he said.