Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will announce the date of the Voice to Parliament referendum in the crucial swing state of South Australia at the end of next week. Source: The Age.
The referendum date is expected to be October 14 and Mr Albanese’s launch will mark the start of the formal campaign period of about six weeks.
According to multiple government sources aware of internal discussions within the Albanese Government, the launch will take place in Adelaide in the second half of next week – between August 30 and September 2.
Mr Albanese will make the announcement just days before two sitting weeks of parliament begin on September 4, and shortly before he departs Australia for international summits and meetings in Indonesia, the Philippines and then India from September 6 to 10.
South Australia was chosen as the state in which to launch the campaign because the Yes camp, according to the same sources, believes the state will be decisive in determining whether the campaign wins the required majority of four out of six states voting in favour of the referendum.
The latest findings from the Resolve Political Monitor earlier this month show that support for the Voice has slipped from 48 to 46 per cent on the Yes or No question that will decide the referendum, continuing a decline from 63 per cent one year ago.
The Resolve results indicate the Voice has majority support in Victoria and Tasmania but is opposed in NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and South Australia.
The decision to announce the date in South Australia follows the formal launch of the Yes campaign in Adelaide earlier this year.
Voice referendum date to be announced in SA next week (By James Massola, The Age)