This article in Spectator Australia summarises all the major objections which make the VOICE the huge con that it is. But what I like about it most is the cover and illustration by Sarah Dudley and Ben Davis. One should copy it and pass it around. It could not be more eloquent.
‘Just say No,’ was the catchphrase of Nancy Reagan back in the 1980s. The slogan was used to encourage people to stay away from drugs. It was in response to the ‘crack’ epidemic, which saw a cheap but highly addictive derivative of cocaine flooding schools and universities, not to mention the streets of major cities. The premise behind the Reagan campaign was simple: you don’t need a raft of complicated reasons or arguments against this drug. A one-word No will suffice.
The slogan could equally apply to the proposal for an Indigenous Voice to parliament, which Australians have been asked to vote on in a referendum later this year. For many well-meaning Australians, the idea of voting Yes to the Voice is as tempting as those cheap, feel-good drugs were to 1980s teens. Get a warm inner glow as you assuage any guilt about the plight of Aborigines in Australia, and show your friends, family and colleagues just how cool you are. It’s a pretty cheap fix.
But the reality is that the Voice is no fix at all; certainly not a fix to the genuine problems facing disadvantaged indigenous Australians every day. What it will do, however, is fix the political need of our bureaucrats and left-wing politicians to be seen to be ‘doing something’ after decades of continual and shameful failure. If the Yes vote succeeds, from that moment on our elected representatives will be absolved of any responsibility for the dismal state of affairs in remote communities. All they need do is simply kowtow to the policies prescribed by the Voice.