LNP survey shows disapproval of the proposed Indigenous Voice to Parliament

A SURVEY organised by Member for Fisher, Andrew Wallace, has revealed 78 per cent of respondents would vote ‘No’ to changing the Constitution to include an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

The results come as debate surrounding the Voice to Parliament becomes more divisive between the Labor party and the Coalition, with several members from the Coalition supporting a ‘Yes’ vote.

Andrew Wallace’s survey, which received 3144 responses, also found 2415 of people surveyed had varied reasons for their decision to vote ‘No’.

According to the respondents, most were worried about the vagueness of the proposal and had many unanswered questions about what role it would serve in parliament.

MP Wallace clarified he wanted a way to move forward uniting with Indigenous Australians, but felt the Indigenous Voice to Parliament is not the right way to go.

“In my maiden speech to Parliament, I highlighted that, in relation to ‘closing the gap’ between Indigenous and non-Indigenous outcomes, ‘our work is far from done in achieving some semblance of equality’,” he said.

“As I said then, we can, and we must do so much better… however, I do not believe the proposed Constitutionally enshrined Indigenous Voice to Parliament will achieve that end.”

He also highlighted the ways unity could be better achieved without going ahead with the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

“We need to listen to the voices of women and children in remote communities who are crying out for law and order, alcohol bans, and income management,” he said.

“We need to listen to the voices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians who have, for too long, been shut out of the conversation by a privileged few with the loudest voices.

“We need determined, inclusive and local action, across party lines, to truly close the gap.”