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“It was confusing from the start”: Michael Anderson

17 October 2023

Aboriginal Tent Embassy co-founder and activist Michael Anderson has blamed the failure of the Voice to Parliament Referendum on a lack of detail provided by the government.

The Euahlayi Elder told Blackchat’s Lola Forester that because the government included a Voice component to the referendum question, people were bound to want more detail on how it would work.

“It was confusing right from the start,” Michael Anderson said. “Everybody was asking for detail and they [the government] said “we’re going to look after that after we succeed in this referendum.”

“No way in the world were people going to be blindfolded and vote like that.”

Michael Anderson believes that if it were only a question of constitutional recognition, the vote would have passed.

“I reckon we’d have gotten a 100% vote if that was the only question.”

“Unfortunately it’s left a lot of people devastated.”

The Voice to Parliament proposal was voted down in Saturday’s referendum, with the Yes camp only garnering around 40% of the national vote.

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