One together, not two divided.
That’s the message you have sent loud and clear.
Australians have used their democratic voice to choose unity over division.
We have affirmed a nation where we tackle our problems together.
Side by side, as one. Not separated in our Constitution. Not divided by race.
This has been a long and bruising campaign and I heard over and over again from Australians that they just wanted this over and done with.
They’re sick of the division, they’re sick of feeling guilty, sick of being lectured to.
Finally, they’ve been able to have their say through our democratic process and they’ve said ‘no’.
Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price says: This has been a long and bruising campaign and I heard over and over again from Australians that they just wanted this over and done with
Pictured: Jacinta Nampijinpa Price at a No rally where she received a rockstar welcome
No to those who want to treat Aboriginal people differently.
No to those who want to treat Aboriginal disadvantage as something that’s permanent.
No to those who profit from casting Indigenous Australians as victims, powerless, incapable of being helped without special treatment.
It’s important to understand, though, that the No to those things turns tonight’s result into a ‘yes’.
Not a vacuous ‘yes’ to silly ideas about ‘making history’.
But a ‘yes’ to practical solutions that bring us together as a united people.
Senator Price says: Australians have used their democratic voice to choose unity over division. We have affirmed a nation where we tackle our problems together
A ‘yes’ to politicians from the Prime Minister on down – including me – doing our jobs and making sure the money being spent to help is actually going where it needs to go.
‘Yes’ to a new approach to tackling Indigenous disadvantage where we are about making sure kids go to school and adults go to work.
Where we focus on keeping women and children safe.
And where we understand that Aboriginal people are Australians – human beings – who want exactly the kinds of things we want for all Australians.
I understand many Australians will be disappointed with the result.
But this is an opportunity.
Because I mean it when I say it’s our chance to be united and practical.
And I’m looking forward to working with all Australians in a future where we tackle problems together, not divided any more but united as one together.
The Prime Minister addressed the public after Western Australia closed polling booths, at which point a No vote was already apparent
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