The referendum on an Indigenous voice to parliament has consequences far beyond immediate partisan advantage. Voters should hear the arguments on the proposition before them, not on slogans and memes
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A year ago opinion polls showed the Indigenous voice referendum had overwhelming voter approval.
Now, as the prime minister names the referendum date, the modest proposal – that Indigenous Australians be recognised in the constitution and empowered to advise policymakers on issues affecting them – is tangled in polarising attacks and unrelated allegations that threaten to derail decades of work towards reconciliation.