The Dutton-led Liberal-National Coalition is being accused of selling out the Australian people with a fake No campaign, according to former Aboriginal Affairs adviser Josephine Cashman. Cashman claims that the LNP, led by Peter Dutton, is planning to hold another referendum on Aboriginal recognition in the Constitution after the failure of The Voice. Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa-Price admitted this back in April and Dutton himself confirmed it in a recent interview. Dutton clarified that while recognition of “First Australians” in the Constitution is Coalition policy, it does not include a constitutionally-enshrined Voice to Parliament. However, the Coalition’s policy, as proposed by Uphold and Recognise, a little-known lobby group and company, is to repeal and replace section 51(xxvi) of the Constitution with a new “race power” applying only to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Cashman refers to this as the “Uluru Corporate Voice con.” She accuses Dutton of wanting to force taxpayers to pay for another referendum and criticizes Uphold and Recognise for their support of The Voice.
Cashman argues that the Coalition’s position on this issue is influenced by the Australian corporate sector, which overwhelmingly supports Labor’s Yes campaign. She also points out the role of small-l liberal Catholics, the Vatican, and the City of London in shaping the Coalition’s stance. Uphold and Recognise, the lobby group behind the Coalition’s policy, was founded by Damien Freeman, a lawyer at the PM Glynn Institute, a little-known think tank at the Australian Catholic University, and Julian Leeser, the Jewish federal member for Berowra. The PM Glynn Institute claims to offer a Catholic perspective on social issues. The institute’s international advisory board includes Professor Francis Campbell, a former adviser to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and Her Majesty’s Ambassador to the Holy See. Uphold and Recognise states that it is committed to upholding the Constitution while recognizing Indigenous peoples, which Cashman argues is a liberal, centrist position that plays into the UN’s agenda.
Cashman also criticizes Price-WaterhouseCoopers and its offshoot PwC Indigenous for their involvement in the campaign. She accuses Senator Price, the Coalition’s front-line face in the No campaign, of being caught in the middle of a political game of deception. While Price opposes a race-based constitutional amendment, she is forced to support the LNP’s proposal. Cashman argues that the LNP, like the Labor Party and Greens, is beholden to the WEF-UN global governance system. She claims that the LNP and ALP are collaborating to surrender Australia to a dystopian future controlled by the world’s wealthiest families.
Cashman calls for a political revolution in Australia, suggesting a split in the Coalition and the formation of a new conservative alliance. She argues that the fight in the Liberal Party parallels the struggle in the US Republican Party, where establishment Republicans are trying to impeach pro-Trump figures like State Attorney General Ken Paxton. Cashman believes that populist forces worldwide are rejecting globalism and fighting for freedom, and Australia should join this movement.
Overall, Cashman accuses the LNP of selling out the Australian people with a fake No campaign and argues for a political revolution to protect the nation’s heritage and sovereignty.