Appearing on Channel Seven on Saturday evening, Clare noted that while voters sometimes abandon their political loyalties in a referendum, support from both parties is generally required for these changes to take place. He noted that voter support for the vote was high last year but fell when the Liberals opposed it in April.
Former Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s seat of Cook had a No vote of 62.5 per cent, while No was narrowly ahead in Julian Leeser’s seat of Berowra. Leeser, a long-time supporter of recognizing Indigenous peoples in the constitution, resigned as shadow minister for Indigenous Australians so he could campaign for the vote.
Leeser said on Saturday evening that he was disappointed with the overall result but respected the will of the people. He thanked those in his party and community who supported him during the election campaign.
“We need each other. We belong to each other. We share this country and we have to walk together so that we can close the gaps between us,” he said.
The federal seat of Newcastle voted yes by about 54 percent, while the neighboring seat of Hunter voted no by 70 percent. On the Central Coast, the seats of Dobell and Robertson both voted no. All four are held by Labor.
ABC election analyst Antony Green noted that eastern Sydney voted “yes” and western Sydney “clearly voted no”, mirroring the results of the 1999 republic referendum. In 1999, NSW and Victoria both voted “no”, although by slightly smaller margins than the other states, with around 42 per cent in favour.
New South Wales Liberal Senator Andrew Bragg, an early Liberal heartfelt Uluru advocate and Yes supporter, blamed the Albanian government for the “disappointing but predictable” loss – although Opposition Leader Peter Dutton voted “No.” “ fought.
Bragg said the federal government’s decision not to publish a draft of the Voice and its functions or launch a full parliamentary inquiry into constitutional reform models doomed the referendum to failure.
“Labour refused to compromise and deliver a coherent and collaborative process. “The resources necessary to win a public vote were almost non-existent,” he said. “The reality is Australia is a great country, but historically we have not been a great country for Indigenous people.”
Polls had predicted a No victory in NSW, although they had considered the possibility of a late surge in Yes votes. A poll published by Resolve Political Monitor Herald Days before the referendum, the yes vote was 48 percent, up from 44 percent in August and September.
The poll accurately found that voters in Sydney’s inner suburbs would strongly support the vote, but voters in the outer suburbs and regions would oppose it.
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