Australia to Hold a Referendum on ‘the Voice’
Australia’s Senate passed a bill last month opening the way for Australia to hold a national referendum. In November or December, all Australians will be called on to vote yes or no to the inclusion of “the Voice” in the Australian Constitution.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s left-leaning Labour Party has made the Voice a key policy, pushing heavily for the referendum since last year’s elections.
What is the Voice? Nobody knows for sure.
According to the government website, “[t]he Voice would be an independent and permanent advisory body. It would give advice to the Australian Parliament and government on matters that affect the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.”
Consider these unanswered questions. How much power will this “advisory body” have? How many members will it have? How will members be voted in by a local community? How long will they be in office? What constitutes matters affecting the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders? How will the body meet and work? How will the body interact with other arms of the government? How will resources be allocated to the group?
Despite these unknowns, the current administration is intent on bringing the issue to a vote as quickly as possible. Should they succeed in pushing it through, Australia risks dealing a deathblow to its own government.
From Advisory Board to Treaty
Australia’s current government consists of a Senate and a House. While Labour claims the Voice would merely be advisory, it is not hard to picture its quick evolution into a third arm of the government, or even a separate government entirely. Some are concerned that an advisory committee enshrined forever in the Constitution could quickly lead to the establishment of a treaty.
Activist and lawyer Michael Mansell wrote for Special Broadcasting Service:
[A] treaty would return land. It should also allow Aboriginal people to share in the distribution of power (perhaps through designated seats) and share in the nation’s wealth (a percentage of the [gross domestic product]).
Depending on what can be negotiated, a treaty could provide discrete Aboriginal communities with power over local policing (including customary law), local taxation, education, health, housing, road works and land use and planning.
In effect, a treaty would be a recognition of Aboriginal sovereignty.
This fear is not far-fetched. One prominent architect and leading campaigner of the Voice, Thomas Mayo, has laid his plans bare in a series of tweets dating back to 2018.
On June 21, the Daily Mail published a piece highlighting the disparity between the views of those creating the Voice and the soft public image the government is attempting to present.
Mayo explained that he was intent on “getting all our kids out of prisons and into care,” as well as the “integration of our laws and lore, speaking language, wages back.” He wants to empty prisons of Aboriginal offenders and establish Aboriginal law instead of the law of the Australian people. Only a treaty could bring this about.
Then there are the reparations.
He continued his tweets in 2020, stating the need for “reparations, land back, abolishing harmful colonial institutions.”
Not only will Australians see their country handed over to Aboriginals, but homeowners may have to pay Aboriginal elders for the right to live in their own homes.
A Second Government
The Voice is clearly intended to act as a race-based government separate from the constitutional government of Australia. It will be able to exert its influence far beyond the limited issues outlined by the Albanese government.
Prime Minister Albanese has claimed the current government will not be affected in any way. In a stumbling interview with reporters on the Project, Mr. Albanese claimed, “There is no right of veto of this. Parliament’s structure remains in place; [it] is not affected by any of this. And that’s been made very clear.”
The prime minister has also claimed that “it will have no impact” on the lives of non-Aboriginal Australians. This too is a spurious claim, as Mayo and other architects of the Voice have highlighted. Attorney General Mark Dreyfus listed five key issues the Voice will focus on: health, employment, education, housing and justice. Added to that, Prof. Megan Davis, another of the six designers for ‘the Voice,’ confirmed that it “will be able to speak to all parts of the government—including the cabinet, ministers, public servants and independent statutory offices and agencies such as the Reserve Bank, as well as a wide array of other agencies ….”
Combine that with Mayo’s comments about an aggressive policymaking body, and you have a separate government run by unelected, irremovable members. It betrays the fundamental principle of treating all Australians equally. Furthermore, it shreds the government itself by making it subservient to an unelected, race-based group.
Aboriginals Already Have a Voice
Another question that should come up before the referendum is, “What have Aboriginals had up to this point?”
In 1967, Australia held a referendum amending the Constitution to allow the government to make laws for specific races. This was seen as a positive step to assist Aboriginal communities. The change allowed the federal government to overrule states that were not seen as assisting their Aboriginal constituents.
In 2009, the Labour government accepted the United Nations General Assembly “Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.” Among other things, this declaration commits to “[r]ecognizing the urgent need to respect and promote the inherent rights of indigenous peoples, which derive from their political, economic and social structures and from their cultures, spiritual traditions, histories and philosophies, especially their rights to their lands, territories and resources.” Neither the Liberal nor Labour governments have rescinded this declaration in the years since.
Beyond all this, Aboriginals have the same voice as all Australians. All Australians have state representatives, even the estimated 2 percent that are Aboriginal. All grievances can go to local councillors and policymakers. All Australian citizens have the same government. Most Aboriginals live and work in the same urban environments as their fellow Australians. They live in proper homes. They have jobs and families.
This isn’t to say Aboriginals don’t suffer. Those who live in isolated communities do. But the disadvantages are not always race-related. Many stem from socio-economic problems. Isolated communities tend to be more close-knit and have lower standards of living. Many are uneducated and practice varying degrees of their traditional culture. As a result, these communities are dogged by disease, alcoholism, domestic and sexual abuse. Tribalism is a major cause for unrest. Various tribes and clans clash with spears and bows. For instance, in 2020, 300 residents of the Aurukun township fled tribal vendettas. These are the people who need more help—not the vast majority living in urban Australia.
The Constitution can—and has—led to the creation of laws designed to benefit these people disadvantaged by their own uncivilized culture. Beyond that legislation, any Aboriginal has the right to lobby for more change through government or activist groups.
The Voice claims to be only interested in seeking to help the minority of disadvantaged Aboriginals. However, this is what the government has done for decades. What the Voice is really interested in is foisting on Australia policies that target not the 2 percent, but the 98 percent. Pay rent to Aboriginal elders. Hand government control to Aboriginal elders. Pay reparations to Aboriginal elders. Hand sovereignty back to Aboriginal elders.
The Voice of Reason
This is no limp advisory board that will sit on the sidelines. In a 2021 video, Mayo said politicians would be punished if they failed to comply with suggestions made by the Voice. Does that sound like an advisory board or a shadow government?
The same would go for anyone who dares oppose the Voice. The issue of Aboriginal influence has become politicized in the extreme. It is hijacked by political correctness and demonizing leftists to the point where no simple logic can even be sounded.
But there is a voice we should listen to: the voice of reason.
In 2008, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd apologized to the Aboriginal people on behalf of all Australians. The Associated Press reported, “Aborigines in white body paint danced and sang traditional songs in Australia’s national Parliament … in a historic ceremony many hoped would mark a new era of race relations in the country” (Feb. 11, 2008). The report went on to describe Rudd’s acceptance of an Aboriginal welcome stick from local Aboriginal activist Matilda House: “‘A welcome to country acknowledges our people and pays respect to our ancestors, the spirits who created the lands,’ said House, who crossed the hall’s marble floor barefoot and draped in a kangaroo pelt cloak to give her speech.”
As late Trumpet columnist Ron Fraser wrote at the time, “This is rank pagan nonsense.” What about our founding fathers? What about the British Commonwealth? What about the truth that a barbaric land was raised up out of the depths of paganism and granted health, education, opportunity, civilization?
Should there really be such a return to tribal law and customs? Did they work in the pre-British era? Or did they keep people in a state of moral and physical depravity, mired in violence, paganism and cannibalism? Is it really “far right” to claim that Judeo-Christian values and a Constitution based upon that of our British ancestry were wrong for this great southern land? Will the Voice help those in tribal communities, or will it further weaken and erode the Constitution that binds Australian law together?
The voice of reason says, “No.”
Australia has lost its war on drugs. Rental prices are at apocalyptic levels. Interest rates are rising with no end in sight. The economy is faltering toward recession. Australia is plunging further into debt. The nation lacks military preparedness. It is incapacitated by childish leaders who do little more than kowtow to foreign interests while the nation slides toward religious and moral bankruptcy.
Australia has proved it cannot solve its own problems. It needs to wake up to the voice of reason and, more importantly, the voice of God. If we are going to offer apologies, let it be to Him for sinning against His law and forgetting His vital part in the founding and blessing of our nation. If we are going to have a new advisory board, let Him chair it with His emphatic laws on how to be happy, prosper, overcome and succeed as a nation and as individuals. The Bible has the answers. White or black, the laws apply.
Until we wake up to this reality, our problems will keep getting worse. God alone has the solutions to the crises facing the world today. Yet that is the truth many will shout down as fanciful, ridiculous or extreme.
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