Who is pushing the Voice? Not these Indigenous Aussies

The PM keeps telling us the divisive Voice is a “modest request”, a “generous invitation” from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians.

Albo even argues that the referendum to enshrine the race-based body into the Constitution is “not his proposal”.

If all of that’s true, why have so many Indigenous Aussies never heard of it or think it’s a terrible idea?

Take Uncle Francis Xavier Kurrupuwu, an Elder from the Tiwi Islands, who rubbished the divisive Voice and said his people were “completely confused” due to a lack of consultation.

“We haven’t been told anything,” he said. “It’s disgraceful.”

“They say what they want to say without any consultation in the community.”

Uncle Francis Xavier – a former Member of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly – said he would not be voting for the Voice because he did not think it would lead to tangible improvements for Aboriginal people in “education, health and employment”.

What about these locals from Kaltukatjara (Docker River), a tiny Northern Territory community 253 kilometres west of Uluru.

Community leader Lyle Kenny said most people hadn’t even heard of the Voice.

Ask Lizzie Marrkilyi Ellis, who lives in Warakurna (about an hour's drive west of Docker River).

“I’ve seen it only on the television,” Dr Ellis, who the ABC described as a celebrated linguist, said.

“I’m not sure whether it’s good or bad. We want more information.

“We want to ask the questions of how that Voice to Parliament is going to help us.”

It doesn’t look like the divisive Voice was a modest request from these Indigenous Australians.

Or from Indigenous artist Jack Wilkie-Jans, who criticised the ‘yes’ campaign’s “with us or against us” mentality.

“It’s quite strange to see that this Voice, that’s meant to be uniting these voices, isn’t actually doing it, but the no campaign seems to be,” he told Sky’s Kieran Gilbert.

Mr Wilkie-Jans said “many Indigenous Australians feel they’re being left out of the debate leading up to the vote”.

“If you’re a black fella but you’re against the Voice – or you’re not even against the Voice but you’re probably someone in the middle going ‘hold up, hold up a bit, let’s talk about it a little more’ - well then, suddenly, you’re a black fella who doesn’t deserve to have a voice on part of the Voice,” he said.

“It’s really quite sad.”

So here’s a question for the PM: Who are the people pushing for the divisive Voice?

Of course, Aussies know the answer. It’s the elites, who always think they know better than Indigenous Australians.

Just another reason to vote ‘NO!”