Tony Abbott appears to be living proof that a “Voice to Parliament” isn’t necessarily going to be listened to by Parliament. He already has a citizen’s voice recognized by our constitution and no longer represents any special group of people that deserve a privileged place. He simply is a son of the invaders of this land that overran the first peoples here. He seems to believe he represents that privileged group and that they deserve to retain a special place in this country.
Former prime minister Tony Abbott has accused Labor MPs of gagging figures who are sceptical of this year’s referendum after he was blocked from appearing at a key parliamentary inquiry into the proposed Indigenous Voice to parliament.
Source: Voice to parliament: Tony Abbott denied chance to speak at parliamentary inquiry
The Constitutional Expert Group, appointed to advise on the proposed Voice to Parliament referendum, has concluded that the “draft amendment is constitutionally sound” and does not amount to a “veto” power or provide anyone with “special rights”.
How does this fit into the current debate?
Source: An Indigenous Voice to Parliament will not give ‘special rights’ or create a veto
A referendum on the Voice offers another national opportunity for Australia to continue its journey of coming to terms with its past. A yes vote offers the opportunity to renovate the constitution from a document that is silent about the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history of this continent and which permits discrimination on the basis of race. As the Uluru statement from the heart says: In 1967, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people “were counted, in 2017 we seek to be heard”.
Source: Politicians must trust the people on Indigenous Voice to Parliament