Nat Barr pushes government to declare what power the Voice in Parliament will have
Nat Barr has questioned the Albanian government over confusion surrounding the indigenous voice in Parliament – as polls show the Yes vote falling to its lowest level yet.
The TV presenter spoke about the referendum with Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and North Queensland Liberal National Party senator Matt Canavan on Channel Seven’s morning show Sunrise on Monday.
The latest Newspoll shows support for “yes” at 36 percent, down 2 points in 3 weeks, while opposition has increased to 56 percent, up 3 points from the previous poll, marking the lowest level of support and highest level of opposition ever recorded.
Barr referred Ms. Plibersek to questions she was receiving from the baffled public who still questioned the scope of the advisory body.
“Tanya, do you accept that you have a problem? ” she began.
“Because people tell me the questions aren’t answered here, there are these big declarations of motherhood.”
“But people say to me, ‘Will this have the ability to close mines in Washington State, can you guarantee that Voice to Parliament will not slow down government actions, will a decision will be brought repeatedly to court?’ ‘ she says.
“Can you guarantee that the decisions taken by ministers and by the government will not get bogged down in the courts? »
“That’s what Australians tell me every day. Do you think your campaign answers these questions?
Ms Plibersek reassured Barr and those who questioned Voice’s reach that the body does not veto power over government and that Parliament “will always be the ultimate decision maker”.
Nationals senator Matt Canavan intervened, attacking the response as “wrong”.
“That is not true because the High Court will decide,” Senator Canavan said. “You will not decide, you cannot give these guarantees. The High Court will decide our Constitution.
Ms Plibersek responded: “It is precisely the warning campaign that is the problem…”
Barr stepped in and interrupted her, saying, “Matt, you have your say and then we’ll ask Tanya to respond.” What do you think the problem is?
Senator Canavan said many Australians were concerned about the list of “unanswered questions”.
“It will be an unelected judge of the High Court who will decide whether or not the Voice has any real influence on these issues,” he said.
“We are very proud of our Constitution. As the 10th oldest constitution in the world, it has only been amended eight times throughout our history.
“There is, rightly, a very high bar for change and I don’t think the government has achieved that because they haven’t been able to broaden these issues, they haven’t provided detail and it appears that Australians, as usual with Constitutional change, are rightly cynical about the government making any changes on this issue.
Senator Canavan said many voters are “cynical about governments pushing for further change, and I think that’s rightly so”.
“We could have a voice. I don’t know why we need to change our Constitution.
Earlier in the interview, Ms. Plibersek acknowledged that support for this voice could be stronger.
“Look, obviously we’d like the numbers to be stronger, but I’m focused on the next three weeks of campaigning and I’ll be going out every day explaining to people why I’m voting yes,” she said.
“I vote yes to reconciliation, I vote yes to listening and, above all, I vote yes to better results.” We know that we achieve better results when we make decisions with the people involved. Our democracy works best when we listen.