Earlier today I addressed the Parliament on the Government’s proposal to establish The Voice in our Constitution. Rather than detail my views here, I invite you to have a listen.
We all want to recognise indigenous Australians and improve their lives, but there are other ways of achieving this objective and what the Government is asking for represents a big and permanent change. A Constitutional Voice will have far reaching implications, will have many unintended consequences and carrying many risks. There are just so many things we won’t know about this change when you will be asked to vote on it, so it is important for us all to think carefully through our own positions.
I wish you well with your own decision, and will appropriately respect whatever view people choose to adopt. In this speech I simply attempt to share my position on the Government’s proposal and my reasoning for holding this view.