Leading No campaigner and Nationals senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price has said she ‘doesn’t know how The Voice is supposed to change anybody’s life’ as she urges Aussies to vote no as polls open.
More than 7000 booths opened across multiple states at 8am on Saturday and will remain available for Australians to cast their vote right until 6pm.
Speaking on Sunrise just after 8am, Ms Price said she is ‘quietly confident’ the referendum will go in her favour but said she did not want to ‘take anything for granted’.
Campaigners have issued their final pitches ahead of the historic Voice to Parliament referendum on Saturday with leading No campaigner Jacinta Nampajinpa Price (pictured) saying she is quietly confident of the No vote winning
‘There is still a push to make sure that Australians are voting toward the ‘No’ vote as opposed to supporting this empty voice proposal change in our Constitution,’ she said.
Senator Price said there were ‘a lot of red flags’ with the fact Prime Minister Anthony Albanese failed to ‘show any detail whatsoever as to how voting yes is supposed to change anybody’s life’.
She said Aussies need to understand the vote ‘is not the only way forward’.
‘I don’t think we should be dividing ourselves along the lines of race,’ Senator Price said.
‘The Constitution belongs to every single Australian and we need to come together as Australians and I’m there with others to ensure that we will put hard work to bring about outcomes that this government is failing to do.’
NSW Premier Chris Minns and Federal Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney cast their vote at the polling booth in Carlton South Public School, Sydney
‘CHANCE TO CHANGE HISTORY’
Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney has made a major call on The Voice just minutes before polls were set to open for the landmark referendum.
Ms Burney appeared on ABC News 24 just minutes before the booths opened, as she stood outside a polling booth in Brighton-Le-Sands, in Sydney’s south.
She said she was committed to working until 6pm Saturday to convince as many people to vote Yes.
‘You have a chance to change history in this country,’ she told the ABC.
‘You have a chance to make Australia a better nation and get better outcomes for Aboriginal people.’
Ms Burney said it was ‘unacceptable’ that the life expectancy of Aboriginal people is as low as 42 in some areas, while suicide rates are twice as high.
Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney (pictured) said Australians have a chance to rewrite history and deliver better outcomes for Indigenous Australians by voting Yes
After months of campaigning Australians will have their say as voters (pictured) head to the polls to cast their vote
‘Every Australian today has a chance to change that. That’s by voting Yes in this referendum,’ she said.
The Indigenous Australians Minister said she was determined on the referendum succeeding, saying the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders were a ‘national shame’.
‘The good thing is that everyone agrees on that,’ she said.
‘This is people’s opportunity, we know one in five voters are still to make up their mind. This is everyone’s opportunity to actually change those outcomes.’
RECORD NUMBER OF VOTES
A record number of Australians have already voted in the Voice referendum as the campaign enters its final hours.
More than 5.4 million votes had been cast as of midday Friday at early voting centres around the country.
The AEC has warned anyone who does not cast a vote will not only miss out on their opportunity but also risk being fined.
Independent senator Lidia Thorpe arrives to cast her ballot in the Voice referendum at Reservoir in Melbourne
Polls have opened up across the country (pictured) as Australians cast their vote for the historic referendum which is the first in more than 20 years. Pictured, voters collect their ballot papers at a St. Kilda polling station in Melbourne
To sweeten the deal, the AEC says many booths will have a BBQ or cake stall running.
It’s also called on the some 2 million Australians who applied for a postal vote and have not yet returned it to do so as soon as possible.
Australians are heading to the polls to vote on whether to enshrine an Indigenous advisory body, the Voice, in the Constitution.
It is the first referendum to be held since 1999.
While the polls initially favoured the Yes campaign, polls published in the lead up to referendum date have indicated Australians are likely to vote No.
A surfer walks in front of a polling station on Bondi Beach as polls open in Australia’s historic referendum to recognise First Nations people in the constitution and establish a Voice advisory body
Voters are seen lining up on Sydney’s Bondi Beach (pictured) on Saturday morning to cast their votes as the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) warns those who are eligible to vote and have not done so risk being fined
Thousands of voting booths like this one in Bondi Beach (pictured) have been set up across the country with many Australians yet to cast their vote
For the referendum to be successful, a majority of voters in a majority of states must vote Yes.
In his final appeal to voters, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said if Australia would ‘feel better’ about itself if it voted Yes.
‘We have an opportunity for Australians to do better. To do better to show respect for the First Australians, but to do something for ourselves as well,’ he told reporters on the hustings in Adelaide.
More than five million voters (pictured) have already cast their vote after early voting opened up last week
But opposition leader Peter Dutton said he anticipated the vote would fail.
‘The PM made a catastrophic mistake not providing the detail to Australians – he’s instinctively won their hearts because Australians do want better outcomes for Indigenous Australia, but he hasn’t won their minds,’ Mr Dutton told ABC Radio.
The vote count will start as soon as polls close at 6pm on Saturday.
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