Support for Indigenous Voice dwindles as No campaigners Warren Mundine and Jacinta Price share message in ad
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The two leaders of the No campaign appeared together in a final video advert for the No campaign, as polls show the Indigenous Voice in Parliament heading for defeat.
Warren Mundine and LNP senator Jacinta Price, who led the No campaign from the start, appear in the advert which will air on high rotation in the crucial state of South Australia, which could decide the fate of the referendum. October 14.
To an upbeat guitar soundtrack, Mr Mundine and Senator Price appear in Adelaide communities with other Indigenous spokespeople and argue that Voice is a measure that will divide Australians in the minute-long ad .
“Now we have a choice to make: give in to guilt and division or say no,” Mr Mundine said.
“No to those who want to divide us,” added Senator Price.
Leading Voice No Vote campaigner Warren Mundine (pictured left) and LNP senator Jacinta Price make a final televised address to voters.
The ad targets reinforce the No campaign’s frequent assertion that the Voice is run by non-Indigenous “elites.”
“No to those who think that all indigenous people think the same thing,” said an indigenous spokesperson.
“We are not all the same and many of us Indigenous people voted no.”
A spokesperson for the No campaign told Daily Telegraphh they “knew from the start that indigenous voices expressing concerns about division would be crucial when Australians came to decide how they would vote.”
The spokesperson said South Australia, where the Yes campaign was launched, could be a decisive state for the fate of the referendum.
“We will seek to blanket the state with publicity until the day of the referendum, hoping that it will vote against the voice of division,” the spokesperson said.
To pass, Voice must win a majority of all voters and also a majority of states, but the most recent polling shows it falls short of both goals.
Victoria-based polling firm Redbridge found support for The Voice had fallen 5 per cent over the past month, to just 39 per cent nationally.
The Yes vote also lagged in all states, with only NSW showing some increase in support, from 39 to 42 percent, which was offset by a drop in Victoria from 45 percent to 41.
Polling shows support for Indigenous Voice in Parliament continues to decline, with voters ranking it low on the priority scale they say governments should focus on.
Redbridge also surveyed voters on how they ranked Voice in terms of priority for government and found that only 2 percent said it should be the top priority, and only 6 percent placed it among the top three. main questions.
Voters were much more concerned about core issues, with cost of living ranked among the top five issues by 92 percent of respondents.
Housing affordability was seen as the second most important issue, with 73 percent of people naming it as a government priority, followed by the economy and jobs, named by 69 percent.
Health funding, wages, climate change, transitioning the economy to renewable energy and national security were all rated as more important than Voice, with only about 15 percent of voters placing them among the top five. first priorities.
This makes Voice considered only half as important as funding for roads and infrastructure, chosen by 31 percent of voters.
RedBridge director Tony Barry said the poll was a wake-up call for the Albanian government, accused of focusing too much on Voice at the expense of other issues.
“There is a real risk for Albanese and Labor that the referendum will cement the idea that the government has the wrong priorities and will then be punished,” Mr Barry said.