Only a third of voters believe the Commonwealth should pursue a treaty-making process with Indigenous Australians or establish a “truth-telling” commission, with support for the remaining ambitions of the Uluru Statement languishing in the aftermath of the Voice referendum. Source: The Age.
Exclusive findings from the Resolve Political Monitor, conducted for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, show that support for treaty processes has nosedived following the Voice defeat, plunging from 58 per cent in October to 33 per cent this month.
The third pillar of the Uluru Statement – the call for a truth-telling process run by a Makarrata Commission to record the history and treatment of Indigenous Australians since colonisation – is languishing at 35 per cent support, a one per cent increase since the vote that is within the margin of error. Thirty-one per cent are opposed, while 34 per cent of voters are undecided.
Together the three elements – Voice, treaty, truth – comprised the policy direction set out by the Uluru Statement from the Heart, endorsed by 250 Indigenous leaders in 2017, and which Labor committed to implementing in the lead-up to the 2022 federal election.
But following the emphatic defeat of the Voice referendum on October 14, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney have been unwilling to re-commit to treaty and truth.
Ms Burney has said the Government was “taking the time to pause and to listen to Indigenous communities before we decide on the next steps forward.”
Voice fallout: support for treaty plunges after referendum (By Lisa Visentin, The Age)