Voice tensions have boiled over with TV host Narelda Jacobs brutally shutting down No campaigner Warren Mundine after he unleashed on Yes campaigner Marcia Langton.
Fireworks erupted during Indigenous broadcaster NITV’s coverage of the Voice referendum results on Saturday night, with a furious Ms Jacobs slamming Mr Mundine for ‘twisting’ Professor Langton’s words – and jumping to her defence as a ‘national treasure’.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal the nasty live TV spat was just the beginning of the recriminations after the Yes campaign lost all six Australian states and a national majority on Saturday night.
Some of Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s closest advisers on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament turned on him and Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney last night – with one calling his speech after the Voice vote ‘insulting’.
Last night’s ugly stoush on NITV’s The Point show began when Mr Mundine claimed that the Yes camp had failed to show voters how the Voice would fix issues facing Aboriginal Australians.
‘They couldn’t see anything, no one gave them details about how it was going to fix anything. It was almost like a magic wand,’ he said.
That sparked protest from Jacobs, who argued that Ms Langton had ‘given the detail everybody needed’ in the Calma-Langton report.
Narelda Jacobs (pictured) was forced to boot Warren Mundine off NITV on Saturday night
Warren Mundine (pictured) has unleashed on Indigenous activist Marcia Langton live on air
The 2021 report, which Prof Langton co-authored with Professor Tom Calma, suggested the basis of the Voice, proposing a committee of 24 people around the nation to give advice to government on Indigenous policy.
‘I can’t be here in good conscience as a journalist and not put to you, that you are at odds with a majority of First Nations people,’ Jacobs told Mr Mundine.
Mr Mundine then launched into a scathing attack on Prof Langton – claiming that ‘she racially abused this country.’
‘She called Australia a racist country. She has no credibility in this. She needs to get out and actually meet Australians. Australians are not racist. They are incredible people.
‘They want to make sure that Aboriginal people have a good life and be part of the Australian opportunities. So I am not going to take any comments from a person who thinks that we are a racist country.’
In response, Prof Langton said Mr Mundine was igniting racial tensions for political gain and taking her words at a forum during the campaign out of context.
Prof Langton came under fire for telling voters in Bunbury, WA that No campaign tactics were based in racism or stupidity.
She said at the time: ‘Every time the No cases raise their arguments, if you start pulling it apart you get down to base racism, I’m sorry to say that’s where it lands, or sheer stupidity.’
Prof Langton fired back at Mr Mundine: ‘This is a Trumpian play. Right out of the Steve Bannon play book,’ she said.
‘Create racial division by lying and then accuse me of being a provocateur.’
Mr Mundine immediately began talking over Ms Langton to accuse her of ‘lying’ before Jacobs was forced to intervene and cut him off.
‘We are not going to sit here and take you abusing a national treasure like Marcia Langton who never said that Australians were racist and her words were twisted,’ Jacobs said.
Marcia Langton (pictured) said she never called Australians racist and her words were twisted
As Mr Mundine continued his tirade, speaking over the host, the program was forced to cut him off air.
‘We’ve just seen who Warren Mundine is,’ Jacobs said, as Mr Mundine was removed from the discussion.
Voice advisor turns on PM, Burney
The stoush comes as Anthony Albanese’s own handpicked advisers on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament turned on the government in the wake of the referendum’s crippling defeat.
Sally Scales, an Uluru Dialogue member and APY Artist who advised Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney as part of the government’s Referendum Working Group tore strips off the Yes campaign on Saturday night.
‘Min Burney has done nothing since the ALP came to office,’ she said, before taking aim at Ms Burney’s address to the nation.
‘As usual the ALP has continued Morrison-era policy… And unfortunately Linda’s speech was glib and flippant. Racism drove this result. Lies drove this result.’
Ms Scales then turned her criticism to the Prime Minister – describing Mr Albanese as ‘insulting and pathetic’.
‘This was a devastating result that keeps our people in the status quo. It is bleak.
‘The PM was insulting & pathetic. How dare he. A cop out.
Just hours after the historic Indigenous Voice to Parliament was defeated in every single state, the government’s hand-picked advisers on the measure turned on Linda Burney (above) and Anthony Albanese
Sally Scales, an Uluru Dialogue member and APY Artist who advised Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, slammed his speech to Australia as ‘insulting and pathetic’
‘Albanese and the ALP will not accept the lies that we put up with. We have been rejected by the Australian people. Reconciliation is dead.’
The UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, which top Yes campaigner Professor Megan Davis was the director of between 2006 and 2016, also came out swinging against the government’s response to the loss.
Reposting a message from Treasurer Dr Jim Chalmers in which he said ‘our job is not to dwell on this hurt’, the organisation said: ‘what a privilege not to ”dwell on this hurt”.
‘Our people do not have the luxury of Cabinet members. Our people have been rejected. The country can never come back from this. But neither do they care.’
Professor Davis remains the Pro Vice-Chancellor of Indigenous UNSW and a Professor of Law at the university.
Her niece Allira, the Manager of the Uluru Youth Dialogues, also slammed the PM over his speech, describing his words as ‘cruel’.
Allira Davis, the Manager of the Uluru Youth Dialogues, slammed the PM over his speech, describing his words as ‘cruel’
Sally Scales, an Uluru Dialogue member and APY Artist who advised Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney on the Referendum Working Group, was scathing of their campaign on Saturday night
‘Imagine saying tonight that you are proud of being Australian when First Nations people are in mourning after a relentless campaign of lies and racist abuse. How callous ‘we have accepted the result’. He’s already moved on,’ she said.
‘We are just a blip.’
Teela Reid, who was a member of the First Nations Referendum Engagement Group which worked closely with the Working Group, also expressed her disappointment in the vote.
‘Australia, the reconciliation era is over,’ she said.
Thomas Mayo, who also served on the referendum working group, unleashed on the No campaign earlier in the evening, shortly after it became clear there was no path forward toward victory for the Yes campaign.
Teela Reid, who was a member of the First Nations Referendum Engagement Group which worked closely with the Working Group, also expressed her disappointment in the vote
Some members of the referendum working group have since lashed out at the government’s response
Mr Mayo, who is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, said he is ‘devastated’ at the result but does not blame voters, but rather politicians.
‘We need a Voice. We need that structural change and we got it right at Uluru,’ Mr Mayo said.
‘But we have seen a disgusting No campaign, a campaign that has been dishonest, that has lied to the Australian people and I’m sure that will come out in the analysis.
‘I’m sure that history will reflect poorly on Peter Dutton, Pauline Hanson, all of those that have opposed this, and so, you know, I don’t know what’s next, but it’s just devastating.
‘Who I do blame and who I hope that the Australian people look very closely at the next time they have a say in this democracy about who our leadership is, I hope they look at who lied to the Australian people.’
At the same event Yes23 campaign director Dean Parkin slammed the ‘single largest misinformation campaign the country has ever seen’ during a speech to devastated supporters.
‘We did all we could to alleviate doubts (about the Voice),’ he said.
‘We did all we could to ensure the proposal was strong. We believe that the proposal was strong. We believe the proposal remains strong.
‘In spite of their belief in the campaign, Parkin said the Yes camp could not compete with ‘the single largest misinformation campaign this country has ever seen’, slamming the ‘disrespect and disdain’ which had been shown toward Indigenous people.
Mr Mayo, who is a signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart, said he is ‘devastated’ at the result but does not blame voters, but rather politicians
The Prime Minister and Linda Burney fronted up to supporters and the media immediately after the polls closed in Western Australia. By that time, it was already abundantly clear that the Voice had been defeated.
Mr Albanese said: ‘While tonight’s result is not one that I had hoped for, I absolutely respect the decision of the Australian people and the democratic process that has delivered it.
‘When we reflect on everything happening in the world today we can all give thanks that we make the decisions peacefully, and as equals.
‘We argued for this change not out of convenience but from conviction, because that’s what people deserve from their government.
‘When you do the hard things, when you aim high, sometimes you fall short. And tonight we acknowledge, understand and respect that we have. As prime minister, I will always accept responsibility for the decisions I have taken, and I do so tonight.’
The Prime Minister and Linda Burney fronted up to supporters and the media immediately after the polls closed in Western Australia. By that time, it was already abundantly clear that the Voice had been defeated
A tearful Linda Burney spoke next, offering a message of hope to Indigenous Australians.
‘I will never forget that day in September when some 200,000 Australians walked together for yes right across this country. I know this outcome will be hard for some, but achieving progress is never easy, and progress doesn’t always move in a straight line,’ she said.
‘There are breakthroughs and heartbreaks, but I am confident that because of this campaign and the millions of conversations it has sparked, the renewed generation of Indigenous leaders will emerge.
‘To all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, I want to say this: I know the last few months have been tough, but be proud of who you are. Be proud of your identity. Be proud of the 65,000 years of history and culture that you are part of, and your rightful place in this country.
‘We will carry on, and we will move forward, and we will thrive. This is not the end of reconciliation, and in the months ahead, I will have more to say about our government’s renewed commitment to closing the gap.’
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