Voice for Australian Aboriginals: OK to Vote ‘No’? Don’t Bet On It

Voice for Australian Aboriginals: OK to Vote ‘No’? Don’t Bet On It. By Chris Battle.

The question arises if it will be deemed morally, ethically or politically acceptable for a voter to cast a ballot in the negative?

The evidence of 2017’s same-sex marriage debate suggests it will not, with ‘No’ advocates apt to be marginalised by the media and shunned by Google’s search-engine algorithm. …

Alas, with few exceptions, only the “Yes” case and its advocates were being broadcast!

Google was no better. When I searched for information, no matter how I worded the query, almost all that turned up was results for the “Yes” argument. From memory, the first two or three pages of results were exclusively pro same-sex marriage. Curiosity incited by the selective results, I then searched for an answer as to why I was seeing only “Yes” results. The answer, as The Australian reported, was that Google tweaked its algorithm to give “Yes” arguments overwhelming precedence. …

I think the only thing I saw that wasn’t “Yes” during the so-called debate, was a photo of Tony Abbott holding up a sign saying something to the effect of “It’s OK to say ‘NO’.”

Should we not expect a similar campaign of bias across the mainstream media and internet platforms as the Voice is considered?

Surely any “No” opinion will be perceived and reported as being, at best, misinformed or misguided, but it may well be likely that a “No” opinion will be reported as motivated by racism, hate speech and a white supremacist, colonialist mindset, etc. The emotional climate certain to prevail will see little room for civil and rational arguments …

Forewarned is forearmed.

The same-sex marriage debate was also notable for almost completely suppressing what is probably the most powerful “no” argument — namely that marriage is fundamentally an economic agreement between a man and a women whereby he works to support them both so she can quit work to bear and raise their children.