Prime Minister Anthony Albanese backflip at the release of an official Voice pamphlet
A pamphlet explaining how Parliament votes ahead of the referendum is being sent to voters by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese in a backflip after the opposition argued it was necessary for Australians to make an informed decision.
Government sources confirmed that the prime minister had agreed to keep the pamphlet but would not change his decision to fund neither the yes nor the no case and instead only fund a political awareness campaign.
Opposition leader Peter Dutton criticized the Prime Minister for deciding to drop the leaflet before deciding to reverse course.
“It was honestly quite arrogant of the Prime Minister to think that he didn’t have to give details to the Australian people. Now, in the cases we’ve seen in the past, the government has released a booklet detailing the yes or no cases for people to see the information,” Dutton said Wednesday.
He said the booklet would be an important source of information for older Australians or migrants with limited English skills if they could read it in their native language.
The pamphlet and equal funding of the yes and no cases are the coalition’s key demands as the government seeks to pass the Referendum (Machine Provisions) Amendment Bill 2022, which will set out how the referendum will be conducted before it they introduce separate laws to authorize referendum.
The report of Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Affairs is expected within a few days.
Proposed changes in the bill include the suspension of Section 11 of the Referendum Machinery Act, which requires the Australian Electoral Commission to circulate an official pamphlet outlining the proposed amendment to the Constitution and using up to 2000 words each on the Yes and No votes. cases, with the wording decided by the MPs supporting the respective sides.
https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/albanese-backflip-on-publishing-an-official-voice-pamphlet-20230208-p5ciy2.html?ref=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_source=rss_politics_federal Prime Minister Anthony Albanese backflip at the release of an official Voice pamphlet