Bill Shorten yaps at yet another passing car

Caption: Bill Shorten announces another Labor policy.

Former Labor leader Mark Latham memorably, and accurately, described current leader Bill Shorten as a ?non-event?, ?passionately dedicated to symbolism?. Shorten, he wrote, “only takes on issues that are easy: flimflam such as gay marriage, indigenous constitutional recognition and the republic?.

Shorten seems determined to prove him right. Quote:

Bill Shorten is set to fast track a referendum on the indigenous voice to parliament if he becomes prime minister, and hold the vote to change the constitution in the first term of a Labor government. End of quote.

Where it will almost certainly fail. Opinion polling shows that Australians are lukewarm at best on the idea – which has in any case never been articulated in any detail. But a constitutional change needs to pass the (by design) formidable hurdle of three-quarters of voters in every state and territory. Australians are famously averse to referenda: in 119 years, only eight out of 44 referenda have passed. Even plebiscites, which set the much lower bar of a simple majority, have been rejected two out of three times.

But, as Whaleoiler SailorSam has commented, ?Bill Shorten has been barking at every passing car?promising everything to everybody?. Shorten is determined to virtue-signal his way to the Lodge. Quote:

Under pressure from indigenous activists, Mr Shorten also said the voice referendum would be held before the republican plebiscite, which has been promised for Labor?s first term.

Mr Shorten, when asked today whether the republic plebiscite would follow the first-term constitutional referendum, answered: ?Yes.?

When asked if that meant the constitutional referendum would be also held in Labor?s first term, Mr Shorten answered: ?Yes.? End of quote.

Remember how often Labor squibbed on same-sex marriage? The issue was put to parliament some 16 times, and rejected every time by Labor. Even the lightest of Labor lightweights, Penny Wong, dutifully declared that, ?the party?s position is very clear that this is an institution that is between a man and a woman?. In the end, it was the Coalition who passed it ? though you wouldn?t know it, from Labor?s subsequent strutting and preening.

Shorten is once again dancing to the tune of the far-left. Quote:

The Weekend Australian reported that prominent indigenous figures?were urging the Opposition Leader to junk a republican plebiscite and fast-track a referendum on the voice.

The Greens were also demanding the referendum on the voice come before a republican plebiscite.

Mr Shorten?s pledge comes despite former Keating government indigenous affairs minister, Robert Tickner, today warning that a referendum on the indigenous voice to parliament will fail unless it has bipartisan support and a premature national vote will ?burn the issue irredeemably?.

?It is just simply not (going to succeed)?it would burn the issue irredeemably. It would consign it to oblivion.? End of quote.

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We can only hope and pray. Although we can be certain, going by the gay marriage ‘voluntary postal survey’, that the left will do everything they can to load the dice and summarily shut down any debate on the issue.

The problem is not just that the proposal is useless fluff: it?s racism, plain and simple. Australia?s constitution should simply recognise all Australians as equals, with no special privileges accorded on the basis of race or skin colour. Unfortunately, racial privilege was originally written into the Constitution?s Section 51 (xxvi), but that was amended in 1967 (one of the few referenda to ever pass) to delete the reference to ?the aboriginal race?.

The only change that should be contemplated now is it to delete Section 51 (xxvi) in its entirety and expunge any mention of race from the Constitution.

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