Voice to parliament: a referendum tragedy that didn’t need to happen

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Brexit-style recriminations in the divisive aftermath of the Yes vote failing would not be in the interests of heartbroken Indigenous Australians.

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Short of a miraculous surprise turnaround, Saturday’s referendum on an Indigenous Voice to parliament is shaping as a national tragedy that will break First Australian hearts and set back the cause of reconciling the original inhabitants of this ancient continent with modern Australia.

said that most Australians would support recognising Australia’s First Peoples in the nation’s founding document and that the goodwill of most Australians towards ending the shameful disadvantage in rural and remote Indigenous communities should extend to supporting the principle of a well-functioning Indigenous advisory body to parliament to advise on practical measures to help close the gap.

That uncertainty has been driven home by Indigenous senator and No campaign leader Jacinta Nampijinpa Price’s effective attack on the Voice as seeking to entrench “separatism” between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians.

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