Albo v Mayo: Who do you trust?

Yesterday we showed you the truth about the divisive Voice, spoken by the man who literally wrote the book on it, Thomas Mayo.

He was a member of Referendum Working Group who wrote the referendum question, he’s been out and about spruiking the Voice for months, and he stood right next to Albo when he announced the referendum in March.

So his words matter.

And given he stood with Albo, it’s instructive to see how they compare with each other.

Let’s have a look.

Albo told the Parliament that “for most non-Indigenous Australians, this will make no difference to their lives.”

Meanwhile Thomas Mayo is clear it will make a difference and you’ll be paying. He tweeted in 2020 “reparations, land back, abolishing harmful colonial institutions…all the things we imagine when we demand #UluruStatement #VoiceTreatyTruth”.

Albo also told the Parliament “this referendum is about two things and two things only: recognition and listening.”

He mustn’t have asked Mayo that because as Mayo told the successor to the Communist Party, the Search Foundation, that when it comes to the Voice, “political power must be a priority for us.”

Then there’s Albo’s words when he announced the referendum wording back in March. He told Australians that “all of us can own an equal share of what I believe will be an inspiring and unifying Australian moment.”

Again, Mayo has other ideas: “a politician or party that ignores, or legislates against that collective Voice will do so at their peril because we will be organised and ready.”

Getting the picture?

Even yesterday, Albo said this: “this change isn't about detracting from the 122 years of our democracy.”

Perhaps he can explain how that matches up with Mayo’s pledge that they will use the Voice to “punish politicians that ignore our advice”, that “we are sick of governments saying no…we are going to use the rulebook of the nation to force them”, and “a politician or party that ignores, or legislates against that collective Voice will do so at their peril”.

That sounds a lot like an attack on democracy.

This is just a small sample of what’s really going on here.

Albo is telling you one thing, but Thomas Mayo, standing by his side, knows it’s something else entirely.

It’s divisive, dangerous, and it’s going to cost you.

Thomas Mayo proves that fact, and that’s why we must say No.