Nigel Farage has this evening championed a forthcoming establishment upset down under, which he has described as ‘Australia’s Brexit’.
The GB News presenter walked viewers through what the vote means and represents this evening, predicting that the Australian liberal and corporate establishment – like they did with Brexit – are facing a bloody nose.
On October 14, Aussies will go the polls to vote on whether the country should change its constitution to create a body called “The Voice” for aboriginal people, which would advise Parliament and the Government on matters affecting Indigenous communities.
The ‘yes’ campaign argue the move would further recognise First Nations people, and grant them fourth respect and say over their lives.
The ‘no’ campaign includes both those who oppose the proposals entirely, and those like the official Australian opposition who say they’d support recognising the Indigenous Aussies in the constitution, but not a new advisory body.
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The no campaign is also concerned about racial divisions, legal challenges by the new indigenous advisory body and unknown consequences.
While ‘yes’ began the referendum campaign with a strong lead of around 65 percent support, that has now plummeted to around 45 percent, and are on course to lose the crucial vote.
This evening Nigel Farage said this is a story that hasn’t yet “hit the British press” but thinks it’s going to.
He said a rejection of the proposal could be “even more dramatic than Brexit!”
The Spectator Australia’s editor Alexandra Marshall explained the vote isn’t about recognising First Nations people in their constitution.
It is, in fact, “creating an entire racial bureaucracy of selected members – not elected – who will get to have oversight, using the High Court, about any parliamentary decision that goes through, any law, as long as it impacts an aboriginal person, which is of course everything”.
“The problem the PM has got right now is that the more people here about it, the more people learn, the more detail they read, the more they vote no.”
Nigel Farage said the idea that one racial group should have different rights to another is “clearly, clearly catching hold in Australia as being a bad idea”.
He also said the vote, like Brexit, is pitting the people against the liberal, metropolitan and corporate establishment.
GB News showed footage of Australia’s national airline Qantas, who have covered their planes in ‘yes’ branding and held a press conference in support featuring Australian natives playing indigenous instruments.
“We’re all supposed to think this is wonderful.. it is the big corporates, it is much of mainstream media, it is central Sydney, central Melbourne, trendy opinion…
“It feels like Brexit! It’s the people against the establishment.”
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Ms Marshall said, like with Brexit, Aussies don’t like hearing celebrities and the “privileged class” preaching to them.
“It doesn’t go well, it didn’t go well with Brexit and it’s going down terribly here.”
Unlike the Brexit vote, the constitutional change requires a ‘double majority’ to pass, meaning it must get both a majority of votes nationally, and a majority of votes in at least four states.
According to all the latest polls, the ‘no’ vote is ahead in all states bar Tasmania.
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