yes or no: the vote of a nation
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Yes or No is the kind of two horse race that Aussies like. Think of the lasting popularity of Two-Up. Yes Or No: The Vote Of A Nation. There is a decision to be made about a contest and just a couple of possibilities. What could be better? Yes or No will decide the fate of others – so no skin off my nose mate. Yes or No is a binary question – whatever that means. Across the nation, from Bruny Island to Cape York, Australians will be casting their vote for an Aboriginal say in their future handling. A referendum about the Australian Constitution – whatever that says anyway. It is a compulsory vote by the way.

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Two Sides To Every Story A Yes Or A No

There are plenty of opinions about this whole thing. Some say it is important for the whole nation. Others reckon it is a complete waste of time. In between lie a bunch of different views and conclusions. Yes or No, it sounds like the vote of a jury in a court case. What will the outcome find? Who will be crowned victor on the day and into the future?

Imagine if you or I were actually impacted by this vote- how would we feel about it? Not too hot I reckon. It would be a f***** of a situation.

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Vote Yes or No

No wonder there are Indigenous Australians angry at this referendum. Some feel put upon and invaded once more by white men and women. This is a vote for us about them. It is a fairly sickening thing. Most of us hardly ever think about our black brothers and sisters. Sure we watch a few of them on the footy field doing some pretty extraordinary stuff. Beyond that it is a no go zone. A dead end street. A cul de sac in a new development. Out of sight is out of mind, most of the time.

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White Folk Flummoxed By The Vote

Now, however, it’s a vote. A vote to change the Constitution. Sounds a bit drastic to me. Maybe we should talk about this for a bit. Laconic Aussies are loath to make big decisions at the best of times. Most of us vote for the status quo. What aint broke don’t need no fixing kind of thing. Heads or tails mate. Yes or No. Do we recognise First Nation’s people in the Australian Constitution and give them a voice to parliament? Hell’s bells Jenny WTF? What do you reckon love?

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What would Tiger Vote for?

Personally, I am voting YES, because I think it is the right thing to do. That it may help to give their mob a say about the stuff that directly effects their lives. Empowerment and all that. Voting NO seems like closing the door in their face and I don’t feel all that comfortable with that. The weight of history comes down on needing a change as well.

“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice

On Saturday, 14 October 2023, Australians will have their say in a referendum about whether to change the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing a body called the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

Voters will be asked to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ on a single question. The question on the ballot paper will be:

“A Proposed Law: to alter the Constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

Do you approve this proposed alteration?” “

Robert Sudha Hamilton is the author of Money Matters: Navigating Credit, Debt, and Financial Freedom.