/ 03 April 2024

Money, money, money

Voice to Parliament referendum

If you’ve been kept awake at night wondering how the Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum campaign was funded (neither have we…), the Electoral Commission has revealed the details. Campaigns must reveal their expenditures on the ‘Yes’ and ‘No’ sides, and the names of donors making contributions over $15,200 must be declared. So down to tin tacks – the ‘Yes’ side spent more than $60 million, which is a lot more than the ‘No’ campaigners’ $25 million. Of that ‘Yes’ funding, the report shows many of our biggest companies contributed lots of dosh. Prominent ‘No’ campaigner/the Coalition’s Indigenous Affairs spokesperson Jacinta Nampijinpa Price said the chapter should “send a clear message” to corporate Australia that “they should focus on providing for their customers, not telling them what to think”.

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