Electorate’s decisive say on the Voice

No vote above national average

FISHER has categorically voted down the Voice, with more than 69 per cent of the electorate voting no at the weekend’s referendum.
The local result was about 9 per cent above the national vote, which at last count (Oct 16) was 60.59 per cent to 39.41 per cent against the proposal to constitutionally enshrine a voice advisory body to parliament and executive government.
The Federal Division of Fisher voted down the proposal with 69.13 per cent No and 30.87 per cent Yes. Every booth in Fisher voted down the proposal including Maleny, which voted 2863 to 2335 against.
Other Hinterland results included: Beerburrum (220 to 64); Beerwah 5367 to 2078; Conondale (158 to 94); Glass House Mountains (819 to 348); Landsborough (946 to 429); Montville (183 to 125); Mooloolah (885 to 415); Peachester (354 to 143); and Witta (166 to 111).
Federal member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, called it a categorical rejection of “Labor’s divisive and reckless Voice proposal”.
“Australians have categorically rejected Labor’s divisive and reckless Voice proposal,” Mr Wallace said. “I couldn’t be prouder to see Fisher return a solid ‘No’ vote.
“Australians everywhere saw right through Labor’s ‘vibe’ to see the stark reality that Mr Albanese has no plan to bring our country together. The Albanese Labor Government must get back to their core business: addressing their cost-of-living crisis.
“If Mr Albanese and Mr Chalmers are not sure how, I’ll give them a few pointers: tame inflation, cut taxes, support the building sector, take back power from the unions (and) restore labour mobility.”
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said he promised to “continue to do what we can to close the gap, to do what we can to advance reconciliation, to do what we can to listen to First Australians”.
Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, said she respected the decision of voters.
“Their Voice tells me they’re not ready. I respect that. They never get it wrong,” she said.