Inner-city Yes heartlands mourn crushing defeat

Inner-city Yes heartlands mourn crushing defeat. By Alexi Semetriadi and Rhiannon Down.

Week of mourning, led by inner Sydney:

[Sydney’s Lord Mayor Clover Moore] also confirmed, mirroring the same decision by Sydney’s Inner West Council, that Aboriginal flags would be flown at half-mast this week across all council buildings.

“I acknowledge the harmful toll the referendum has taken, and I stand with you (Indigenous Australians) in grief,” she said, urging Sydneysiders to “check in” on loved ones before “recommitting to the fight”. …

“We saw ugly, Trumpian tactics and harmful misinformation that played to people’s fears and gave rise to racism.”

In Victoria, the push for race-based power goes on:

Representatives from the First Peoples’ Assembly of Victoria have shared their heartbreak following an unsuccessful yes vote at Saturday’s referendum, with the focus now on negotiating a Treaty with the state government.

Despite the result, Aboriginal Advancement League Chief Executive Officer Aunty Esme Bamblett said constitutional reform was not the “only show in town” revealing a Treaty would be negotiated by early next year in Victoria.

Here in Victoria we are making great progress in the Treaty, we are going to be negotiating a Treaty early next year,” Aunty Esme said. …

A Treaty in Victoria would not revolve around an advisory body, rather, a “wholesale” transfer of power back into Aboriginal hands according to Aunty Esme.

Red-hot anger from the haters:

There is “red-hot anger” at Liberal leader Peter Dutton across independent and Teal inner-city seats, who “won’t ever forgive him”, NSW Independent MP Alex Greenwich says.

“An important takeaway is that in both inner-city diverse communities, and federal seats held by independents, the answer was overwhelmingly Yes,” Mr Greenwich said. …

“It clearly shows the Liberals will never win these seats back … there is red-hot anger at the destructive role Peter Dutton played,” he said.