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Back to Basics: Labor MPs Shift Focus After Voice Defeat

Fears of a Voter Backlash and Lessons Learned

Labor MPs are expressing concerns about a potential voter backlash following the defeat of the Indigenous Voice proposal. The latest count showed a decisive 60.6% “No” vote nationwide, leading many Labor backbenchers to urge the government to shift its focus to addressing the cost of living and other pressing issues for Australian households. The referendum’s outcome has caused anguish among Indigenous campaigners who fought for recognition in the Constitution, with some criticizing Opposition Leader Anthony Albanese for quickly moving on from the Voice issue.

Parliament Resumes with Focus on Workplace Relations

As federal parliament resumes, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is preparing for debates on workplace relations and other draft laws. However, Opposition Leader Peter Dutton accuses the government of being “obsessed” with the Voice issue and losing sight of the more pressing concern of the cost of living. Despite Labor‘s support for the Voice, some MPs have voiced concerns about the government’s political management of the campaign. They argue that it is crucial to reassure the electorate about policies aimed at alleviating the financial pressures faced by Australian households.

Overlooked Policy Outcomes and Bandwidth Issues

Labor caucus members acknowledge the challenges posed by the Voice debate but highlight significant policy outcomes achieved in areas such as climate targets, income support, energy prices, the budget surplus, healthcare, medicine prescriptions, and workplace law. They argue that these achievements have been overshadowed by the intense focus on the Indigenous Voice proposal. Some volunteers who worked at polling stations expressed frustration at what they perceive as a poor campaigning effort by both the government and the Yes23 group supporting the Voice. They suggest that the Labor Party should conduct a review to learn from the defeat and ensure it is not repeated in the general election.

No Electoral Impact Predicted for Labor

Despite the rejection of the Voice proposal by many Labor-held electorates, MPs argue against interpreting this as a sign of trouble for Albanese in those communities during the next election. They point out that constituents in these electorates have previously voted differently from their Labor MPs on issues such as same-sex marriage and later re-elected the same MPs in the general election. Some MPs even suggest that the real electoral challenge lies with Peter Dutton and the Coalition, particularly in the teal seats where independent MPs, who supported the Voice, enjoy the advantage of incumbency.

Shifting the Focus: Quality of Life and Core Issues

Western Sydney MP Mike Freelander, who was disappointed with the Voice defeat, emphasizes the need to refocus on improving people’s quality of life and addressing issues such as housing, health, and rapid development in the outer suburbs. He also believes that immigration is an integral part of rethinking and improving the quality of life in these areas. While many Indigenous leaders have remained silent following the referendum outcome, frustration has been expressed by some associated with the Uluru dialogue, suggesting a need for ongoing dialogue and engagement on Indigenous issues.

The Prime Minister’s Response and Future Outlook

While Opposition Leader Albanese has been praised for advocating the Voice proposal, criticisms have emerged regarding his response to the referendum’s outcome. Indigenous campaigner Sally Scales described his reaction as “insulting and pathetic” and expressed her disappointment with the rejection of reconciliation. It remains to be seen how the Labor Party will address these criticisms moving forward and how they will refocus their agenda to resonate with voters concerned about the cost of living and other core issues.

Overall, the defeat of the Indigenous Voice proposal has prompted Labor MPs to shift their focus onto essential matters affecting Australian households. They are eager to highlight policy achievements in various areas and ensure that the electorate understands their commitment to addressing the cost of living. The outcome of the referendum has not only caused concern within Labor ranks but has also sparked debates about the future direction of Indigenous recognition and reconciliation. This defeat serves as a reminder of the complexities and challenges involved in navigating issues related to Indigenous rights and representation within the Australian political landscape.


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