Sydney’s Lord Mayor faced furious attacks from a media commentator after boasting in a newsletter that her city had first introduced a Voice for Indigenous Peoples 15 years ago.
The newsletter bearing the signature of long-serving Sydney City Council mayor Clover Moore has been criticized for claiming the council Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Committee was a success that gave a voice to indigenous peoples since 2008.
He also announced that “the City of Sydney said yes” in the Voice to Parliament referendum on October 14.
But social commentator and journalist Prue MacSween debunked the 300-word letter, calling it mere virtue signaling by the “Woke Queen”.
Ms MacSween said trash overflowing onto streets and violence into homes will continue while distractions like The Voice take up all the attention of the political debate.
“Once again, Clover Moore is overstepping his role as garbage collector in chief and (over)priced rates collector,” Ms MacSween told Daily Mail Australia.
Sydney City Council Lord Mayor Clover Moore has written a letter to Sydneysiders (pictured) explaining why she will vote Yes for the Voice to Parliament.
Social commentator and journalist Prue MacSween dismissed the 300-word letter as nothing more than virtue signaling written by the “Woke Queen”.
“She will find any cause to which she can attach herself, to inflate her own tires… The YES campaign was an obvious choice for her.
“She is the queen of Woke and (this is) typical of elites who want to extend the hand of friendship and understanding, but would rather offer sympathy than solutions.”
The Sydney Advisory Committee, unanimously established in 2008, gave Indigenous people the opportunity to advise local councilors on projects affecting their communities.
“Elected councilors still make decisions, but they are now better informed,” Ms Moore wrote.
“This year, the Council is committed to campaigning for a ‘yes’ vote.
“Our version of The Voice works for the city, and it will work for the nation.”
She said it was “our moral duty to vote yes on October 14.”
But in response, Ms MacSween said the city’s Indigenous advisory committee had created a way for “poorer taxpayers” to siphon off money that could be spent on schools, workplaces and hospitals.
“YES supporters would rather continue on their blind path, offering platitudes, holding up signs and ignoring what is really going on,” she said.
“She, like all those vacuous YES elites, would not question why the billions spent by the taxpayer-subsidized Indigenous wellness industry are not improving the lot of communities and closing the gap. “
Sydney City Council would rather make people feel “aggrieved and resentful” than explain how Voice will solve the problems, » said Ms. MacSween.
The mayor continues: “In the words of Noel Pearson: “It is up to our generation to unite three stories of Australia: our eternal heritage, our esteemed British institutions and our glorious multicultural unity. »
Mr. Pearson was a key speaker at a recent CityTalk event focused on the Voice to Parliament referendum.
Aboriginal Affairs Minister Linda Burney, Stan Grant and Voice architect Thomas Mayo also attended the event.
In response to Ms MacSween’s scathing criticism, a spokesperson for the Lord Mayor told Daily Mail Australia a voice was the only way forward.
“Our history, particularly as it relates to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, includes events and attitudes that our current policies and initiatives must correct,” the spokesperson said.
“The impact of colonization is particularly poignant here in Sydney, the first site of the invasion.
“By recognizing our shared past, we are laying the foundations for a future that embraces all Australians – a future based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for this land.”
Mayor Clover Moore (pictured) said Sydney had a voice for 15 years, since its council introduced an Indigenous advisory committee by unanimous vote in 2008.
Ms MacSween said Sydney’s “Voice” had only inflated the mayor’s ego as rubbish piled up in the streets.
Australia’s last referendum was held 24 years ago, in 1999, to decide whether the country should become a republic.
Mr Albanese warned of the consequences of a no vote in a speech he gave in Adelaide.
“On that day, every Australian will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to bring our country together… And change it for the better,” Mr Albanese told the audience.
“On October 14, you will not be asked to vote for a political party or a person. You are asked to say yes to an idea whose time has come.
Mr Albanese guaranteed A Voice would save money in the long term by streamlining services and directing help exactly where it is needed in the community.
“Let’s be very clear about the alternative. Voting no is going nowhere. This closes the door to this possibility of moving forward. Don’t close the door on constitutional recognition… don’t close the door on the next generation of Indigenous Australians. Vote yes,” he said.
The question posed to Australians will be: “A Bill: to amend the constitution to recognize Australia’s first peoples by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander voice.” Do you approve of this proposed change?
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) announced that Australians would vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum on October 14 during a speech in Adelaide in late August.