The First Peoples are put firmly back in their place, again: with a few of their middle-class noticeables, feted by the rearguard of White Australia, now preening as the new patrons for the 80% who had wanted a Yes outcome.
Is Australia racist? The answer is no.
In parliament last Monday during question time, Albanese appeared to blame ‘white people’ for the defeat at the referendum.
The Yes campaign needs to acknowledge its own role in the defeat of the 2023 Voice referendum.
This costly ($400M) and divisive exercise showed that Australians do not want politicians meddling with their federal constitution.
Why did the Voice fail so utterly? Allegedly, because voters are 'racist'. Why can’t we have low migration? Sorry, that too would be 'racist'.
Even in the closing stages, while sitting in the red dust at the foot of Uluru swatting flies and swallowing a few, Albo refused to swallow the latest poll figures.
Of the 45 referendums since Federation in 1901, only eight have passed, and of the 37 failures, Labour has proposed 25 of them.
The referendum was bound to lose, with Yes campaigners failing to convince undecided voters even as they rejoiced in preaching to their own faithful.
Indigenous Australians didn’t wholeheartedly support ‘The Voice’, why would other voters?
There are several lessons Australians can learn from this weekend's vote.
If a YES vote is so morally obligatory, why are Jacinta Price, Peter Dutton and Warren Mundine objecting?