Multicultural voters targeted in last-minute campaigns
Victorian Women’s Trust is taking out full-page advertisements in non-English language newspapers to reach the target voters, reflecting concerns that many were not engaged in the debate in mainstream media.
The ads will appear in national Greek community newspaper Neos Kosmos, Italian language paper Il Globo, the Australian China Daily, and Vietnamese paper Adelaide Tuần Báo.
“This open letter presents a powerful case for why women should vote Yes,” human rights lawyer Maria Dimopoulos said in a statement.
Dutton appealed to migrant communities on Tuesday with an argument that they should embrace their equal status to Indigenous people.
Speaking to the media at a press conference organised at a Perth cafe run by Vietnamese migrants, Dutton hailed the success and work ethic of the shop’s owners and repeated his claim the Voice would divide the country along racial lines.
“At the moment, the prime minister’s made a decision to try and separate Australians depending on when they came here or their heritage and their ancestry, and that’s just not something that the Australian public is going to accept,” he said.
“We’re all equal – and that is a very important element of the success story that is modern Australia. So, I want to say to all of those migrants who have come to our country recently or many generations ago: that this is an opportunity in this campaign to express your view, like millions of other Australians, that we are all equal.”
Campaigning in Hobart after a federal cabinet meeting in the city, Albanese said the Voice would produce better outcomes because it would offer advice from Indigenous Australians, while a No vote would not change the outcomes seen today.
“If Australia votes Yes, it will show respect for the first Australians, but it will do something else as well. We’ll feel better about ourselves as a nation because when you come to terms with your history, when you reach out and you think about others, you feel better about yourself,” he said.
Asked on ABC radio about the fall in support for the Voice in the opinion polls, Albanese said the referendum was “certainly winnable” for the Yes side.
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