Letter to the editor

Dear Editor,

The forthcoming referendum is a blatant power grab by an unelected, and unaccountable group seeking amendments to our Constitution which guarantees equality before the law. They want to replace that section with a group with superior rights to override a democratically elected government.

This “advisory” self-appointed group is supported by the Prime Minister who warns of serious consequences for any government who ignores them.

They want to insert a political statement of “First Nation” into the Constitution to legitimise their First Nation claim for negotiating a treaty. The first properly constituted nation was established in 1901 when the States came together and formed a federation with a nationally elected government. There is only one nation and you can’t have a nation within a nation. The 1967 referendum gave Aborigines full citizen and equal voting rights before the law.

The 2023 referendum seeks to overturn equality before the law and give superior rights to the self-appointed, 22-person aboriginal group. This is a takeover by stealth. It is very divisive. I will be voting No.

Yours sincerely,

Concerned Citizen.
(Name and address supplied)