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- Backlash over Dutton’s plan for second referendum if Voice vote fails
- Business warns of ‘economic damage’ as Labor unveils more workplace changes
- One dead at Burning Man, revellers told to conserve supplies
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Voice is ‘wrong model’ to help Indigenous Australians: Liddle
Turning now to Liberal senator Kerrynne Liddle, who says constitutional recognition is what Australians want rather than the Voice.
The South Australian senator and Arrernte woman was asked on ABC radio whether a potential referendum on just constitutional recognition would actually achieve anything to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.
Kerrynne Liddle doesn’t support a Voice.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
“I think that’s what Australians actually want … They actually want constitutional recognition, but they also want to help improve the lives of Indigenous Australians,” Liddle told RN Breakfast this morning.
“So this is the wrong model,” she said of the Voice.
Rather she was behind a legislated regional Voice, and said that’s where the focus should be because that’s where more disadvantage was.
“The further away you move from where services actually exist … that’s where you get greater disadvantage. And that’s where I want to put my focus.”
Liddle said there wasn’t enough detail on how the Voice would work but didn’t answer where the detail was on the Coalition’s proposal.
Voice won’t reduce infant mortality, youth crime: Dutton
The opposition leader says the Voice wouldn’t impact on issues such as infant mortality or youth crime.
Peter Dutton told Nine’s Today Show this morning that what would make a difference to Indigenous communities was leadership.
He said the answer was ensuring money was held at the middle-level and “spent on things that are relevant to people”.
Dutton said the Voice wouldn’t change that.
“If I thought it [the Voice] would help those young kids lead a better life or reduce the infant mortality rates … or reduce the youth crime rates then I would sign up to it in a heartbeat, but I just don’t believe that it will.
“I think that’s the view when you talk to people on the ground of these communities.”
Peter Dutton pushes for referendum on constitutional recognition
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton believes it was the right thing to do to acknowledge Indigenous Australians in the Constitution.
It comes after he promised to hold a referendum on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians if the Voice is defeated at the ballot box in October.
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
However, Dutton said enshrining a Voice to parliament in the Constitution was the “wrong thing” for Australia.
“The prime minister has the opportunity now to go to a referendum on … October this year with a moment of unification to our country,” Dutton told Nine’s Today Show this morning.
He said the Voice was dividing the country, but constitutional recognition would not.
“We don’t need a second referendum if the prime minister listens to the Australian public and changes the question and just has a simple recognition question put to the Australian people on October 14.”
Backlash over Dutton’s plan for second referendum if Voice vote fails
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has sparked rebukes from fellow Liberals and a backlash from Indigenous leaders after he pledged to hold a second referendum to change the Constitution if the Voice is rejected at the ballot box next month.
Dutton’s promise of a second vote to recognise Indigenous Australians but exclude a constitutionally protected Indigenous Voice to parliament is an option dismissed by Yes campaigners on the grounds it would not deliver practical change.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said the argument for another referendum “could only possibly make sense if you’re Peter Dutton”, and the best approach was to set up the Voice with constitutional recognition in the referendum on October 14.
“He’s already planning the sequel while doing everything he can to sabotage the original,” Albanese said of Dutton’s promise.
More on this story here.
Business warns of ‘economic damage’ as Labor unveils more workplace changes
The federal government will limit the scope of its controversial labour hire laws to fend off a fierce campaign from business groups to scuttle the changes in the Senate, citing new figures to claim the looming changes will affect only about 67,000 workers.
Employment Minister Tony Burke will promise to target big companies that use labour hire firms to undercut the wages they pay their other workers under enterprise bargaining agreements, in the fourth major element of his workplace changes.
Employment and Workplace Relations Minister Tony Burke argues that workers need protections such as a ‘same job, same pay’ regime to ensure fairness.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen
The promise takes on business fears that the impact could cascade throughout the economy by capturing companies that use outsourcing or smaller firms that rely on labour hire when they do not use the enterprise agreements in place at bigger companies.
Find out more about the changes here.
One dead at Burning Man, revellers told to conserve supplies
Tens of thousands of revellers at the Burning Man festival have been told to shelter in place and conserve food and water after a heavy storm flooded the area and left attendees stranded in disastrous conditions.
About 70,000 people were effectively trapped and could not leave the event after a rainstorm pummelled the desert playground and turned it into a swampy mud pit.
An overview of Burning Man festival in Black Rock, where about 70,000 people are now trapped.Credit: Maxar Technologies
Local authorities said they were investigating a death that occurred at the site during the storm on Saturday.
Organisers warned that the gate and airport into Black Rock City, the remote area of north-west Nevada where the event is held, was closed, and no driving would be allowed in and out of the area except for emergency vehicles.
Read more about the situation at the festival here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning, and thanks for your company.
It’s Monday, September 4. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started:
- Prime Minister Anthony Albanese says the argument for another referendum “could only possibly make sense if you’re Peter Dutton”, and Indigenous leaders have also attacked the plan.
- Supporters of an Indigenous Voice to parliament unveiled John Farnham’s You’re the Voice as the Yes campaign anthem ahead of the referendum.
- Employment Minister Tony Burke will promise to target big companies that use labour hire firms to undercut wages they pay their other workers, as he introduces workplace relation change.
- A project touted as part of the plan to make Tasmania the “battery of the nation” has been scaled back after a multibillion-dollar cost blowout.
Employment Minister Tony Burke will unveil workplace changes today. Credit: AAP
- Labor caucus members are urging Qantas shareholders to vote against chief executive Alan Joyce’s final pay-packet, amid frustration within the party over the decision to block Qatar adding flights.
- In business news, hotel giant Hilton Worldwide is locked in a battle with the Australian tax office over allegedly unpaid taxes.
- Turning overseas, tens of thousands of people at the Burning Man festival are effectively trapped and can’t leave the event after a rainstorm pummelled the desert playground.
- And Typhoon Haikui has slammed into Taiwan, with residents urged to stay home as flights, rail transport, ferry services and events were suspended.
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