Support for the proposed Voice to Parliament constitutional amendment has dropped to its lowest level, reaching 34 percent just days before the referendum, according to the latest Newspoll. Notably, young voters are abandoning the Yes campaign, and Labor’s primary vote has plummeted to levels not seen since before the 2022 federal election. Despite these setbacks, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese remains confident in the campaign’s final days.
During an interview on FIVEaa Adelaide, Albanese stressed the need for Australians to consider the proposal both emotionally and rationally, highlighting the modest nature of the proposed change. He emphasized the requirement for a new approach to Indigenous issues after decades of well-intentioned but flawed efforts. Albanese urged the public to approach the referendum with an open mind, stating, “There’s nothing to fear here but everything to gain.”
To sway public opinion, Albanese visited key battlegrounds, including Broken Hill in New South Wales and Port Lincoln in Adelaide. He expressed his appreciation for the positive response from the Yes campaign volunteers in Broken Hill, attempting to put a positive spin on the campaign.
With pre-polling centers now open nationwide, Australians are eager to cast their votes ahead of the referendum. The success of the referendum hinges on support from at least four states, with South Australia and Tasmania playing pivotal roles in determining the outcome.
It is crucial to note that the decline in support and the shift in young voters’ sentiments could significantly impact the referendum’s result. The Yes campaign will need to regroup and find ways to address the concerns and doubts that have emerged among the electorate. As the referendum draws closer, both sides of the debate will intensify their efforts to secure support from undecided voters.
It is evident that the Voice to Parliament proposal has sparked a national conversation on Indigenous representation and the need for constitutional change. Advocates argue that a voice in Parliament for Indigenous Australians would help address historical injustices and strengthen the democratic process. However, opponents raise concerns about the practical implementation of such a change and its potential implications for the Australian political system.
As the campaign enters its final phase, the referendum’s outcome remains uncertain. It will be interesting to see how the Yes and No campaigns adapt their strategies and messaging to convince voters to support their respective positions. The next few days will be crucial as Australians decide the fate of the Voice to Parliament amendment.