It’s going down:
As a survey commissioned by Nine Newspapers revealed this week, support for the referendum proposal has dropped from 53 to 47 per cent in just three months. Only 13 per cent said they could confidently explain what the voice is and how it would work. …
Despite the bureaucracy pulling all the usual levers:
Donations to the yes campaign, unlike those to the opposing camp, will be tax deductible. Unlike the republic referendum, no public moneys will be allocated to the no campaign.
Why? Because it is in the interest of activists to suppress rigorous scrutiny of the case for the voice. Take for instance Professor Marcia Langton, who, along with Professor Tom Calma, co-authored the Indigenous Voice Co-design Process. “Let me … warn that if a ‘no’ case is formalised, funded by the government, and included in the question to be put to a referendum, constitutional recognition of Indigenous people will almost certainly fail,’’ she told the annual Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration in 2015.
This is a blatant case of denying voters their right to be fully informed. But writing in The Saturday Paper earlier this month, Langton had the audacity to accuse the no camp of waging a “hateful culture war” of “cynicism and redneck opportunism” based on “misinformation”.
Voice advocates will retort that the government is not funding, at least not directly, the yes campaign either. But this is not equivalence. After all, Albanese is providing taxpayer money for a so-called “public education campaign” on the referendum. …
A great analogy:
A few months ago I spotted [Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney] by chance at a Chinese restaurant. It gave rise to a hypothetical conversation — what if a waiter explained the menu to Burney in the manner she responds to questions about the voice model?
Waiter: Good evening and welcome. I’ll be taking your order.
Burney: Thank you. Could I please have the prawn dumplings to begin with, followed by the Mongolian lamb and…
Waiter: Sorry to interrupt, but we have revised our ordering process. This is our new menu. (Hands leatherbound folder to Burney)
Burney: (Opens folder, revealing only a single page) There must be a mistake. Where are the dishes?
Waiter: Look under the heading.
Burney: The heading says ‘food’. There’s nothing listed underneath.
Waiter: It’s what we call a principle-based menu. I’ll put you down for food for one, shall I?
Burney: I’m sorry, but is this a joke?
Waiter: I can assure you this new menu will be to your liking. The food will be delicious. It will nourish. It will enrich. It will bring diners together.
Burney: Look, this doesn’t have to be a complex question. What dishes are you offering?
Waiter: You don’t like the new menu?
Burney: How can I like it when I know nothing about it?
Waiter: Of course you will like it. The food is delicious. It nourishes. It enriches. It will bring diners together.
Burney: So you keep saying. But how do I know what I’d be getting?
Waiter: There is a wealth of information available on Chinese cuisine, which you can read for yourself. I suggest you start with ‘Classic Chinese Dishes’ by T. Calma & M. Langton.
Burney: This restaurant endorses that book?
Burney: But nonetheless this restaurant serves the dishes contained in that book?
Waiter: I didn’t say that.
Burney: Then what is the point of reading it?
Waiter: It will help you understand that the food we serve is delicious. It will nourish. It will enrich. It will bring –
Burney: Will you stop saying that! If you can’t answer simple questions, then forget it. You’re not getting my business.
Waiter: I urge you not to be divisive. After all, the Asian owners of this restaurant have generously extended their hand and asked you to walk with them on this journey. You don’t want to be associated with the xenophobes, do you?
Burney: That’s preposterous! And by the way, you don’t even list prices on the menu. What’s this going to cost me?
Waiter: It’s not our policy to reveal our prices upfront. But don’t worry, you’ll find out — eventually!
Like so many leftist ideas nowadays, the Voice can only withstand scrutiny and win popular support if all criticism is banned. The modern left has come to depend on censorship.
The nasty upsurge of violence from drunk Aboriginals in Alice Springs is of course endangering the whole Voice nonsense. Which is why our lefty PM flew into Alice so fast to “fix” the problem.
Without recognition that races are not identical, this endless nonsense based on disparate outcomes will go on forever. But of course genetic differences — beyond the undeniable ones like skin color — are the most censored and suppressed facts of all.