A leading Yes campaigner has admitted he doesn’t have ‘all the answers’ after an caller vented their frustration on live radio over the lack of details about what the Voice to Parliament would mean.
While appearing on 2GB’s Ben Fordham on Wednesday morning, Yes23 campaign director Dean Parkin fielded questions from regular Australians as to what a vote for the Voice really means.
One frustrated caller, Tony, erupted over the lack of answers and details from both the Yes campaign and Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
The comes just days after a survey from RedBridge found the No campaign has taken a 56-44 lead over the Yes side.
Mr Albanese directed a stirring warning to those at the Garma festival on Saturday that the referendum would be the last chance to formally recognise Aboriginal Australians in the constitution for decades.
One of the biggest criticisms of the Yes campaign is the lack of details about the Voice with Australians, which is turning off voting in support of the referendum.
Tony questioned whether Mr Parkin had all the answers before the Yes campaigner was forced to admit he did not.
‘If you don’t have all the answers, like I don’t, why would you vote Yes?’ Tony asked.
‘Every time I listen to the Prime Minister in Parliament and he gets (asked) questions, he seems to sidestep the issue.
‘Now, whilst that happens, we don’t have any confidence at all … if the questions can’t be answered, why (would) we vote Yes and why (would) you vote Yes?’
Mr Parkin replied: ‘Well, Tony, there’s a there’s a very simple response to that.’
He said he has ‘no confidence’ in the current infrastructure that is at hand to aid Indigenous Australians.
He claimed a Voice would allow for Indigenous Australians to help mould infrastructure that can better assist in improving their lives.
‘We are failing right now in Indigenous affairs,’ Mr Parkin said.
‘Understand that if we continue to do what we’re doing right now we’re going to see ongoing failure.
‘We also know, Tony, that when you involve indigenous peoples in the decisions that affect our communities, when you will allow us to share in some of the responsibility for these changes in our communities, you get better outcomes.
‘That is what the voice is all about.’
A frustrated Aussie has ranted to Yes23 campaign director, Dean Parkin, over the lack of answers regarding the Voice referendum, asking ‘why (would) we vote Yes?’ (stock image)
Mr Parkin (pictured) stated he will be voting Yes because a change must be made against the ‘status quo’ in how Indigenous Australians are receiving aid
Mr Fordham continued Tony’s line of questioning, saying it was ‘a bit of a furphy’ that there is no Indigenous representation as there were now many Indigenous parliamentarians.
‘None of them are directly elected by Indigenous peoples from the communities,’ Mr Parkin said.
‘None of them have that direct line of accountability back to the community.’
His appearance on the show comes just days after the Yes campaign fell 12 points behind the No vote.
Polling has found income and education divide voters.
Two-thirds of people with a Year 12 and TAFE education intend to vote No, while 56 per cent of degree holders support the Yes case.
Similarly, two-thirds of people with annual household incomes below $50,000 a year also plan to vote No.
The poll is proving to be a significant indicator in the debate as it is the first conducted since both sides published campaign information pamphlets in July.
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