- The date for the Voice to Parliament referendum will be announced on Wednesday.
- It will be the first referendum held in Australia since 1999.
- Newspoll has consistently had support for the Voice slipping.
How will the vote on the Voice work?
It’s a simple Yes / No question:
A proposed law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this alteration?
Do I have to vote in the Voice referendum?
If you’re not going to be at home on the referendum date, early voting will be open two weeks before polling day. It’ll be available at 500 centres across Australia, though the exact locations are yet to be revealed by the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC).
How do I vote if I’m overseas?
But unlike the gay marriage plebiscite, which was a very different process, there will be no online voting options available.
How does a referendum pass?
That’s a high bar, meaning referendums are notoriously difficult to pass.
Source: SBS News
The last time Australians voted Yes in a referendum was 1977, almost half a century ago.
What is the Voice?
So what does the government want?
And Albanese has also revealed some details he says will characterise the Voice.
- Members would have fixed-term dates to “ensure accountability”
- It would be gender balanced and include youth members
- It would draw on representatives from all states and territories
- It would include representatives from specific remote communities
What are the arguments for and against the Voice?
The Yes camp believes the Voice:
- Would improve outcomes for Indigenous Australians by listening to them when policies about them are made
- Would be protected by the constitution, meaning future governments couldn’t simply remove it
- Is what Indigenous people have asked for via the Uluru Statement From the Heart
The main No camp believes the Voice:
- Would divide Australians by race and add race to the constitution, creating different classes of citizenship
- Would be legally risky, in that it would be open to legal challenge
- Would not help Indigenous Australians to close the gap and achieve reconciliation
Others oppose the idea for completely different reasons. The Blak Sovereign Movement, represented in parliament by independent senator Lidia Thorpe, argues the Voice would be too powerless to affect meaningful change.
How does the counting work?
Every vote cast throughout the day and the majority of early votes will be counted on polling night.
When will we know the result of the Voice referendum?
And the AEC can only formally call a result when no other is mathematically possible, which could take a bit longer. For example, the 1999 referendum result was known on the night. But the AEC didn’t formally call it for a fortnight.
Will the Voice referendum pass?
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/the-date-of-the-voice-to-parliament-referendum-to-be-revealed/xxlpquw7a The date of the Voice to Parliament referendum to be revealed