Vote architect Noel Pearson admits the Yes vote is likely to fail as he claims Australia is a “tough country” where white people view the Constitution as “their property”.
A Voice to Parliament architect has admitted the referendum is heading for defeat, while simultaneously targeting “tough” Australia for its failure.
Leading Yes activist Noel Pearson called for a private event on Monday hosted by the Yes23 campaign and law firm Gilbert + Tobin.
He said he would keep pushing “until the last hour” of the campaign, but “it seems nothing we can do can change the numbers,” he said Review of finances reported.
‘She [Australians] “They see the Constitution as entirely their own, and no amount of servility, humility, or love on our part ever seems to melt their hearts,” Mr. Pearson is reported to have said.
“What completely amazes me is how unopposed the vote is for us.”
Noel Pearson (pictured) spoke at an event organized by the Yes23 campaign and law firm Gilbert + Tobin on Monday and admitted the Voice referendum was heading for defeat
Australia was “a tough country,” he said, adding that he feared having to tell his fellow Indigenous people that “the trust I was supposed to put in them in white Australia was misplaced.”
Pearson also criticized leading No campaigners Jacinta Price and Warren Mundine, claiming they did not have a “mind of their own” in the campaign because they were influenced by conservative think tanks, the Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Independent Studies.
Both Mundine and Price have professional ties to the Center for Independent Studies.
“I don’t blame Jacinta and Warren,” Pearson added.
“Forgive them, Father, for they know not what they do.”
The Voice architect then went on to say that the pair would be used as “front people” for the No campaign, with the “real power” coming from right-wing think tanks.
Public opinion on the Yes campaign was influenced by “frontmen” for the No vote such as Warren Mundine and Jacinta Price, Mr Pearson said
“All the strings are so visible,” he said.
The Yes campaign initially believed the media would support it on both a national and global level before it “slipped away”, Pearson added.
He also reflected on the six-year journey since the Uluru Statement from the Heart was published and the path the Voice campaign had taken.
“If you were me, representing a minority who were the original peoples of the country, would you have been satisfied with one vote in the damned Parliament?” asked the activist.
Pearson said in the event of defeat on Saturday: “There will be no path to reconciliation, which I believe is based on justice.”
Recent polls show the Yes side has an estimated support of 41.6 percent nationwide, the Guardian reported.
Although the downward trend in support for the vote has slowed, the need for a double majority to pass a referendum means the yes vote must be closer to 53 percent to be successful.
Six percent of voters are still undecided ahead of Saturday’s final opportunity to vote on the Voice proposal.
Well over two million Australians have already voted in the referendum, so the outcome of Saturday night’s vote may not yet be known.