Sunrise host Natalie Barr’s harsh message to Anthony Albanese government on The Voice’s ‘Yes’ campaign: ‘Failing so badly’
- Newspoll’s recent support for Voice is waning
- Barr questioned Tanya Plibersek on why the campaign is “failing”
Natalie Barr has stated that “something is wrong” when it comes to campaigning for an Indigenous Voice in Parliament and current polls suggest more Australians are planning to vote No.
Environment Minister Tanya Plibersek and Shadow Veterans Affairs Minister Barnaby Joyce were locked in a fierce exchange over their views on Voice on Sunrise this morning.
Barr noted that according to the latest numbers from a recent Newspoll, less than 50 percent of residents in all states plan to vote Yes.
Joyce argued that Australians wanted to see the Voice legislation before they had to vote, rather than after a referendum had been called.
“That’s what people say they want to see before they vote,” Barr said.
‘The Newspoll could be wrong, but in a state like Victoria it’s tied, the vote is even, in a Labor state like Victoria then something’s wrong, isn’t it?’
The Sunrise presenter had previously asked Ms Plibersek if she was “worried” about the decline in support for Voice.
The Yes vote is at 43 percent nationally, while the No vote is at 56 percent, according to a recent Newspoll.
Ms Plibersek said she was ‘absolutely determined’ to combat the ‘scare campaign’ launched by the Opposition to gain more support for the advisory body.
Natalie Barr has stated that “something is wrong” when it comes to campaigning for an Indigenous Voice in Parliament and current polls suggest more Australians are planning to vote No
“It’s about two really simple things: it’s about changing our Constitution to recognize that Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders have been here for a long time and it’s also about setting up a committee to advise Parliament,” he said.
‘We know that we have gaps in life expectancy, health outcomes and education.
“What the No campaign is saying is that we should keep doing what we’re doing, it should be more of the same, and of course I don’t agree with that.”
Barr then asked Joyce why she thought the Yes campaign was “failing so badly,” to which she replied that it was because it was a “race thing.”
“Unlike Australia in breed, which I think is anathema in 2023,” he said.
‘Nobody has described it to us, they say that it will improve certain issues such as health and education, but they have not described exactly how it will do it.
‘Why can’t we do that now? Why do we need it to go to the Constitution? It is overreaching.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he would implement the Uluru Declaration from the Heart in its entirety, which discusses a treaty and a financial deal.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is seen speaking with Yolngu elder Mr. Djawa Yunupingu at the Garma Festival last week.
The statement discussed ‘reparations for past criminal acts and compensation for present and future criminal acts’.
‘Is that the case? Because when a vacuum is created it is filled with information, that is what the Opposition is doing in this case. They’re saying ‘we don’t have the information,’ and they’re the ones who fill it out and they’re the ones who win,” Barr asked Ms. Plibersek.
‘Will there be a financial agreement as part of a percentage of GDP, that’s what is actually being talked about, right? And a treaty.
Ms Plibersek dodged the question, saying the only thing to be determined was whether Australia should change its Constitution to recognize Indigenous Australians.
“We are going to continue campaigning,” he said.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon are seen at the Garma festival last week.