Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has admitted he had “planned for the worst” ahead of the Voice referendum.
As the Yes polls continue to plummet nationwide, Mr Albanese has also been forced to reject suggestions that Voice is drawing his government’s attention to the cost of living crisis facing faced by ordinary Australians.
The prospect of a failed October 14 referendum is something Mr Albanese has previously described as “hypothetical” that he is not focusing on.
Mr Albanese disagrees with the opposition, with coalition leader Peter Dutton strongly opposed to the referendum.
The Prime Minister said he hoped to gain bipartisan support for the Yes campaign, but admitted he had “planned for the worst”.
“Politics will always be a challenge,” he said. The Australian.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese admitted he ‘planned for the worst’ ahead of referendum Voice
Mr Dutton has promised to hold a second referendum if The Voice fails in October.
He will hold a referendum to constitutionally recognize Indigenous Australians without creating a body.
“The problem is not that artists and people in affluent neighborhoods are supporting Voice or supporting it, it’s that the Prime Minister will not support the public in his decision-making,” Mr Dutton said.
“He is deliberately withholding information and withholding that information until after the election. He has been very clear that he will give you the details after the vote, which is quite remarkable.”
Mr Albanese is believed to have said he thought he would be recognized for having “succeeded” and tried to organize a referendum.
A prominent Yes advocate has blamed the decline in the Yes vote, which averages just over 46 percent in national polls according to the ABC, to the Prime Minister.
Father Frank Brennan, a well-known Jesuit priest and constitutional scholar, wrote in the australian weekend The Voice was floundering because of the three ‘captain’s picks’ made by Mr Albanese, which had created a big division.
Father Brennan said the mistakes were choosing an expansive constitutional model for The Voice, abandoning a convention to involve the public in the design of the body and negotiating that in secret with hand-picked task forces .
Although Father Brennan said he would vote yes, Mr Albanese’s decisions left voters with an ‘odious choice’.
With the No vote rising, according to opinion polls, Mr Albanese believes that even if the referendum fails he will be viewed favorably for having ‘had a chance’
“Whatever the outcome, I hope no future prime minister makes a series of captain’s picks again without a public engagement process,” Fr Brennan wrote.
“It’s not a way to bring the country together towards Yes. Unfortunately, the country will be divided regardless of the outcome of the October 14 vote.
Mr Albanese also had to dismiss accusations that the timing of the referendum was wrong because it would distract his government from the serious economic problems facing Australia and voters are growing angry.
The prime minister said there was no perfect time to hold such a referendum and now was the most opportune time.
“The question for me was to consider all these people, (Tom) Calma, (Marcia) Langton, (Noel) Pearson, and the idea that I could say, ‘hey, you know, we said we were going to have a referendum , but we can “I won’t do it for a year,” he said.
“You just say ‘no, I’m in, I believe in it and I’m doing it’.”
Mr Albanese insisted his government could campaign for The Voice while tackling growing economic problems.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton accused the Prime Minister of diverting attention from economic issues.
“Last week we focused on skills, resources, jobs, Medicare, things that have an impact,” he said.
“We are focused on cost of living pressures, a very broad economic agenda, an international agenda covering trade and economic relations.”
Treasurer Jim Chalmers echoed the Prime Minister’s message.
“We can focus on the pressures people are under and invest in the future of our country while achieving these goals,” Dr Chalmers said.
“The cost of living is the number one concern of Australians and that is why deploying billions of dollars in responsible cost of living relief is the government’s top priority.”
In June, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton accused Mr Albanese of allowing his ‘obsession with The Voice’ to take his ‘eyes off when it comes to economic policy’.