The Voice to Parliament was resoundingly defeated across Australia, with the share of the No vote in some rural and regional parts of the country well over 80 per cent.
Every state in Australia returned a No result on Saturday night, with Queensland seeing the strongest rejection of the Voice in any state or territory, with 68 per cent No on Sunday morning.
Just three of the Sunshine State’s 30 federal electorates supported the proposal – and it had the top six electorates with the highest share of No votes in the country.
Nationals leader David Littleproud’s rural seat of Maranoa, which extends from from Warwick, Dalby and Kingaroy to the Northern Territory border, saw a whopping 84 per cent of people vote No.
Every state in Australia returned a No result on Saturday night, with Queensland seeing the strongest rejection of the Voice in any state or territory. The darker the red, the bigger the No vote. Blue represents seats that voted Yes
Rural areas overwhelmingly voted No, compared to some more densely populated, inner-city areas in the country where Australians strongly backed the Yes vote. Melbourne is top right, Sydney is bottom right
Not far behind was the traditionally blue-collar electorate of Flynn, where 83.6 per cent of voters rejected the referendum question.
The same pattern was reflected across the nearby rural electorates of Hinkler, Capricornia and Dawson which all saw over 80 per cent of vote siding with No, initial figures show.
All the areas are dominated by mining, agriculture and heavy industry.
This contrasts with some more densely populated, inner-city areas in the country where Australians strongly backed the Yes vote.
For example, inner-city Melbourne – a seat held by Greens leader Adam Bandt – had the highest share of Yes voters in the country with over 78 per cent supporting the proposal.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese appeared crestfallen as he conceded defeat on Saturday evening
The Prime Minister’s own seat of Grayndler in Sydney‘s inner west had the second-highest share of the Yes vote with 74.5 per cent backing it.
Meanwhile, maverick independent MP Bob Katter’s Kennedy seat in the northern Outback, which covers the northern suburbs of Townsville, southern suburbs of Cairns, and everything west of the Great Dividing Range including Charters Towers and Mount Isa, saw 80.8 per cent of the electorate reject the Voice proposal.
Mr Katter, who backed the No campaign because he argued it divided people based on race, said on Saturday he threatened to ‘king hit’ government officials and a journalist over disagreements about how to improve health outcomes for Indigenous Australians.
‘I don’t want to leave this life or this job knowing those people have a life expectancy of 56,’ Mr Katter told the Townsville Bulletin.
He added: ‘I’ve tried through all the ways that I have, through ministers, Prime Ministers, I’ve tried every way known to man and I failed hopelessly.
The Prime Minister’s own seat of Grayndler in Sydney’s inner west had the second-highest share of the Yes vote with 74.5 per cent backing it
‘So I’m screaming and making people cry, I’m trying to king-hit people, I don’t know what else I can do.’
All three of Queensland’s federal electoral seats held by the Greens — Brisbane, Griffith, and Ryan — were projected to swing in favour of Yes.
Meanwhile, treasurer Jim Chalmers’s electorate of Rankin, which is a safe Labor seat, voted No, as did other Labor-held federal electorates, including Oxley and Blair.
The electorate of Grey, which covers 92 per cent of South Australia and has one of the lowest average household incomes in the country, had the seventh-highest share of the No vote in the country with 79.7 per cent.
Parkes, which covers just under half of all of NSW stretching from Dubbo to Broken Hill and north to the Queensland border, was next with 78.8 per cent
Mallee in Victoria and Wright in Queensland rounded out the top 10 No electorates – on 78.5 and 77.8 per cent respectively.
Canning, Barker and O’Connor in Western Australia, Nicholls in Victoria and Groom in Queensland all had over 75 per cent of voters backing No.
Arround 65 per cent of voters in opposition leader Peter Dutton’s seat of Dickson, in outer northern Brisbane, rejected the proposal.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese consoles Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney after delivering a statement on the outcome of the Voice Referendum at Parliament House in Canberra, Saturday, October 14, 2023
A Yes supporter reacts at the Inner West For Yes2023 Official Referendum Function at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club on October 14
‘This is the referendum that Australia did not need to have. The proposal and the process should have been designed to unite Australians, not to divide us,’ Mr Dutton said.
‘What we’ve seen tonight is Australians literally in their millions reject the prime minister’s defensive referendum.’
After Tasmania and New South Wales were declared for the No camp, the loss of South Australia at about 7.30pm on Saturday meant it was all over for the Yes campaign, before polls had even closed in Western Australia.
While the votes was split along rural and urban lines, the reasons people voted No is more complex than where they live – according to Emeritus Professor of Sociology Andrew Jakubowicz from the University of Technology Sydney.
‘Having higher education in particular contributes to someone’s likelihood of voting Yes,’ he told the ABC.
‘A lot of it has to do with education, income, age and gender. There’s also a factor which is a bit more difficult to pin down.
‘But it’s been shown in other situations, where people who are more cosmopolitan and globally oriented are likely to be supportive of something like this, as they were in relationship to the same-sex marriage plebiscite.’
The ACT, where over 40 per cent of voters have a university degree, was the only state or territory to vote Yes.
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