The Voice: Censoring the Obvious Truth

The Voice: Censoring the Obvious Truth. By Louise Clegg.

In December last year, Advance Australia placed dozens of Facebook advertisements related to the proposed voice to parliament. The advertisements claimed that the voice would provide “special rights” to one race of people.

Seems pretty obvious, but “no” say the left:

Within days, in an “advice” which sought to downplay the impact of the voice, the [Constitutional Expert Group] declared that the voice does not confer “rights”, much less “special rights”, on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To justify this, the expert group noted the voice doesn’t take away anyone else’s rights, and that all individuals and organisations can already provide advice to parliament and government. Neither of these observations directly supports the answer to the question.

Then comes the censorship, to “settle” the dispute:

Soon after, RMIT FactLab published a “fact check” to address Advance Australia’s claims. … RMIT FactLab said: “The claim has been rejected by leading Australian legal and constitutional experts.” RMIT concluded that the claims in the ads were false.

Unsurprisingly, by the new year, Facebook had cancelled Advance Australia’s ads …

Predictably, Advance Australia is now widely accused of pedalling “misinformation” by voice proponents.

But what are the facts?

As currently proposed, the voice will amount to a new group right in the Constitution. It will be exercised collectively and exclusively by Indigenous people. …

Respectfully, the best that can be said for the expert group’s claim that the voice does not afford any kind of rights is that it is a mere assertion. The effort would be laughed out of court if it were ever put as a complete response to the issue at hand. It appears to deliberately approach the question viewed through a straw. The justifications provided are mostly beside the point and therefore wholly unsatisfactory.

The debate already has an ominous Kafkaesque feel, even before it has started. It should send a chill up the spine of every Australian.

And that’s how modern politics works, how lies are manufactured and come to be widely believed.

George Orwell:

Political language… is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind.