Waleed Aly was criticized after claiming the no vote on The Voice was fueled by less educated Australians who didn’t understand the issue.
Australia voted overwhelmingly no to the proposed constitutional amendment, with all states rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting yes, in a blow to Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, who led the referendum.
During The Project’s analysis of the results Monday evening, Aly claimed that educated people were more likely to vote yes.
“The biggest dividing line seems to have been education. If you held a seat with a high level of higher education, bachelor’s degree, or position, you were at the very top of the “Yes” vote.
Aly, who is also a university professor, said people with “the lowest levels of higher education… were at the bottom of the Yes vote scale”.
“And that doesn’t mean that educated people know what they’re doing, that those without higher education don’t know, it’s a question of the style of the message.”
Aly said he “completely understood why you would propose (The Voice). If you go through history, you go through the experience of the people who conceived it or came up with the idea, it makes perfect sense.
“But most people haven’t been on that journey, and when you present them with this idea that’s actually quite abstract and complicated, they’re going to react with an instinct and that instinct is that it just doesn’t feel right to them. “
The Yes campaign suffered a significant setback in western Sydney, with 10 federal voters in the area considered key to Labor in the election all voting no.
This is also where the Australian working class mentioned by Aly in his analysis of the referendum result live.
Liverpool Council Mayor Ned Mannoun hit back at Aly’s comments and said western Sydney residents were “not stupid”.
“A comment that says ‘we’re not smart, that’s why we didn’t vote for The Voice’ is pretty disrespectful,” Mannoun told 2GB’s Ben Fordham.
“The people here are very intelligent. They understand what’s going on, and there are several reasons why they didn’t vote yes on The Voice, and it wasn’t for educational reasons.
Education level was the main deciding factor in whether people voted yes or no for Indigenous Voice in Parliament, Waleed Aly said, adding that the referendum was simply too “complicated” for some people.
“If you use higher education as a way to judge intelligence, then I think that’s (a) very simplistic view of the world.”
“There are people, I’m sure you would have met them throughout your life Ben, who work very hard. They’re very, very, very smart people – they’ve never been to college before.
Mr Mannoun, western Sydney voters have rejected the idea of backing The Voice due to a lack of detail on the proposal.
“Again, that gut feeling, I think people here can smell b(ull)s(***) from a mile away.
“It just doesn’t make sense, because if there had been details, I think they would have had (a) much better chance of recruiting people, but people didn’t know what it was.” was.”
“I couldn’t explain it to people. I didn’t have any details, I think I have a good idea of how government works,” he said.
“It made no sense. So please don’t look down on us here.
Meanwhile, ABC host Patricia Karvelas came under fire after analyzing how people’s education and income reflected their vote with Fran Kelly on the ABC podcast, The Party Room.
ABC Radio National Q&A host Patricia Karvelas (pictured) was criticized after she and Fran Kelly analyzed how people’s education and income reflected their vote.
“The yes vote, if you look at it, was obtained in places where voters have a bachelor’s degree or have an above-average salary Fran, right?” » said Karvelas.
“If you have a bachelor’s degree, chances are you are familiar with government structures and interested in how these things happen, not because you are better, but simply because you are have the opportunity. have done this.
The Radio National presenter stressed that she was not “judging people’s achievements” and was only suggesting that those with a bachelor’s degree were more likely to come to a “different conclusion” about Voice.
“I think about you know, who and where remote Indigenous Australians are probably getting it, because they’re experiencing it,” she said.
“And where people have been educated, they have come to different conclusions.”
“And then you have a whole group of people who are working very hard, I might say, and who probably have very little time to concentrate on reading the constitutions or the proposals, and making the crucial decisions fairly quickly, for which I think rapid social media campaigns are probably necessary.” had a great impact.
“And so I think that’s the most important part of the demographic story.” And the Yes campaign did not touch these people.