‘A symbolic declaration of war on modern Australia’
That’s what leading ‘No’ campaigner Warren Mundine says the Uluru Statement from the Heart is… He addressed the National Press Club yesterday, where he described the Voice proposal as “a political ploy to grab power, not just from the Australian nation but also from traditional owners themselves”. He also claimed most Indigenous Australians are “doing fine” and have adequate representation in the Federal Parliament. Mundine is no stranger to controversy in this campaign – a week ago, the Bundjalung man/former Labor Party President dropped out of the race for a Liberal Party Senate spot after splitting with the ‘No’ camp over his support for treaties with First Nations people and changing the date of Australia Day. In response, Professor Megan Davis (one of the architects of the Uluru Statement) condemned Mundine’s “inflammatory” language. And we’ll hear more from the ‘Yes’ side when Noel Pearson addresses the National Press Club today.
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