Summarised by the Centrist
In Rebekah Barnett’s article “ Australia’s emphatic rejection of the Voice to Parliament at the weekend’s referendum reveals some home truths” she writes on the disconnect between how each side viewed each other’s position on the issue.
Leaders of the Yes campaign mourned the failure to recognise Indigenous peoples’ unique place in society. Although Barnett says this idea is based on a lie.
“Australians didn’t reject the recognition of First Nations people at the referendum. They rejected the double-barrelled proposition of recognition in the form of a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the constitution.”
The aftermath of the referendum reveals a disconnect between the majority and an “out of touch” political and activist class with an “increasing preoccupation with information control as a means for explaining away their failures”.