Leading No supporter Warren Mundine has been heckled and booed by Yes activists just hours after Anthony Albanese slammed the ‘arrogance’ of the No campaign.
Smiling Mr Mundine was targeted by a vocal mob of apparently all-white Yes supporters as the Indigenous politician voted in early pre-polling in Sydney.
But as he tried to talk to locals outside the polling station, he was drowned out by deafening boos and chants of Yes, Yes, Yes.
Other activists waved their Yes placards in his face while No campaigners tried to shake hands with the prominent opponent to the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
Mr Mundine, wearing a casual shirt and sunglasses, also tried to talk to one of the Yes campaigners but the conversation was overwhelmed by the jeers.
The ugly incident comes just hours after Prime Minister Anthony Albanese had attacked the ‘arrogant’ misinformation being spread by the No Campaign.
Leading No supporter Warren Mundine has been heckled and booed by Yes activists just hours after Anthony Albanese slammed the ‘arrogance’ of the No campaign
Warren Mundine, wearing a casual shirt and sunglasses, also tried to talk to one of the Yes campaigners but the conversation was drowned out by the jeers
He had come under fire on Seven’s Sunrise from host Matt Shirvington for ignoring the soaring cost of living issues to focus instead on the Voice referendum.
Millions of Aussies will head to the ballot box on Saturday to vote in the referendum, with polls suggesting the Yes campaign is headed towards defeat.
But the Prime Minister has insisted the Voice can still get over the line as he blasted the No campaign, accusing it of arrogance and spreading misinformation.
Mr Albanese delivered a last-minute pitch on breakfast television on Friday as new research revealed the most important issues being faced by Australians.
Healthcare and wellbeing were ranked as Aussies’ highest priority, followed by housing and soaring energy and household costs.
The Voice was way down the ranking in 17th place, prompting Shirvo to suggest the referendum was not an important issue in the lives of Australians.
‘How do you feel about that?’ he asked the prime minister. ‘The idea that you’ve been trying to show the importance of this and what it means as a reflection of Australia, but Australians don’t see it as important as other things in their lives.’
Mr Albanese admitted that the Voice won’t impact on the lives of 97 per cent of Aussies.
Matt ‘Shirvo’ Shirvington and co-host Nat Barr grilled the Prime Minister on Friday
‘Shirvo, that is exactly the point that I’ve been making. This is a change that won’t impact most of your listeners,’ he said.
‘For non-Indigenous Australians this will have no impact at all. Because it is such a modest change.
‘(It is) just recognition of the First Australians in the Constitution and a non-binding advisory committee from Indigenous Australians about Indigenous Australian issues so that we can get better outcomes.
‘So this won’t impact 97 per cent of Australians’ lives at all. And it might, though, make a difference and might make things better for the three per cent of Australians who are amongst our most disadvantaged who have an eight-year life expectancy gap.’
Anthony Albanese spent Friday morning doing breakfast TV interviews and issuing a 11th hour pitch to Aussies to vote Yes on Saturday
The Prime Minister said he believes the Yes campaign can win, adding that most Australians haven’t voted yet.
‘There’s been an arrogance I think from the No campaign with some of the misinformation that’s out there,’ he said.
‘I’m hoping that Australians can find it in their heart but also in their head to say we need to do things better.’
Mr Albanese earlier told the Today show the Voice was a request from First Nations Australian after years of consultation with thousands of Indigenous communities.
‘This is not my campaign. This is a request from the first Australians… and it’s a gracious request.
‘We’re just asking fellow Australians to walk with them on the journey towards reconciliation.
‘This is a once in a generation opportunity for recognition.’
The Prime Minister said he believes the Yes campaign can win
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