Letter from Peter Dutton:

Yesterday the Liberal Party determined its position on the Voice.

We will oppose the Prime Minister’s model because it will enshrine in
the Constitution a Canberra-based bureaucracy.

It is a risky and divisive proposal that will not deliver practical outcomes.

Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
Australians requires a sensible and practical approach.

That’s why we reaffirm our commitment to local and regional advisory
bodies to provide grassroots advice.

We support the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders
as Australia’s First People in our Constitution. But we would do so in
a responsible way that doesn’t create Constitutional uncertainty.

This is a case of doing what’s right for our country.

A referendum to enshrine the Albanese Government’s Voice in the
Constitution is a big decision with unknown consequences.

Our Constitution is our most important legal document. Every word can
have a meaning – and can be open to interpretation.

Once it’s in the Constitution, it is permanent. It won’t be changed.

The Government or Parliament cannot rectify any unintended consequences.

The facts matter. The details matter.

That’s why we asked 15 questions in January – questions that still
remain unanswered.

The way Mr Albanese’s Voice has been worded, and by enshrining it in
the Constitution, could open a legal can of worms.

The Prime Minister can’t guarantee its powers won’t lead to
intervention by an activist High Court.

And that it won’t significantly disrupt or delay effective decision
making by governments.

Constitutional lawyer Greg Craven has been a strong supporter of the
Voice in principle and was one of the experts behind the original
proposal of an Indigenous Voice.

But he now says: “It will be very, very difficult for government to
operate either because it will be constantly delayed and tied up in
knots, or indeed because the courts end up intervening directly in

For the Government it is not about the detail or the consequences.
It’s about the vibe.

In all good conscience, we cannot support that approach.

The Prime Minister has sought to divide Australians. We are seeking to
unite them.

Peter Dutton
Leader of the Opposition.

Commonwealth Constitution of Australia 1901 Preamble

Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania,

humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble

Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established:

And whereas it is expedient to provide for the admission into the Commonwealth of other Australasian Colonies and possessions of the Queen:

Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

The last time we looked Aborigines were classed as people. Editor