Sly Albo’s ‘rigged’ referendum to fail regardless

by DAVID FLINT – THE Electoral Commissioner is correct when he says there can only be one space in which to write “Yes” or “No”. 

He is also correct when he says the law saves a ballot paper where the voter’s intention is clear. 

The problem is that in terms of bias, the behaviour of the Albanese Government is the worst in the history of Australian referendums.

The law specifically saves those where the voter merely writes “Y” or “N” (Referendum Machinery Act s.93)

On all this, the Commissioner must of course observe the law.


The Electoral Commission has long acted, as it did in the 1999 republic referendum, on legal opinion that a tick is a clear “Yes” but a cross is not a clear “No”.

Hence the AEC will normally rule a tick to be a valid “Yes” vote, but a cross to be informal. I disagree with that.

I think that in the circumstances the cross indicates an intention to vote “No”. That is, of course, no more than my opinion.

The AEC view essentially relies on the fact that in some documents, a cross can indicate approval.

There is probably no need to get too worried about this. The law offers a solution.

This is that a scrutineer disagreeing with a ruling on this should ask that the ballot paper be reserved for decision by the Australian Electoral Officer and if there is a legal challenge, the High Court. ( s. 96)

It is unlikely the government will agree to a change in the law before the referendum. They will no doubt point out these provisions have long been in place and under both sides.

The problem in this instance is that in terms of bias, the behaviour of the Albanese Government is the worst in the history of referendums.

First, they tried to suppress the Yes/No booklet and to grant tax deductibility only to the “Yes” case. Then they rigged the question so that it suggests it is about recognition.

The result is that the electors are understandably very suspicious.

When the Electoral Commissioner went into detail about the Commission’s powers in fulfilling his obligation to save votes from being declared informal, this was seen as part of the government’s attempts to fix the result.

In 1999 we only became aware of the opinion the Commissioner had in relation to crosses when the scrutineers’ manual was released.

This is not widely read but when we looked at it, a strong supporter interested in electoral matters, Dr Amy McGrath, proposed that Australians for Constitutional Monarchy should appeal.

But we thought we would probably lose the case. It would tie up resources, and worse, a loss would be extremely demoralising.


We had good advice that the result overall would not be close and that informal votes would probably not matter.

The actual number could be quite small. We calculated that the scrutineering provision, section 96, offered the answer.

So we concluded that it would be a mistake to appeal. Instead, we ensured our scrutineers would have each specific ruling in any electorate that a ballot paper was informal because the voter used a cross be reserved for any potential appeal.

We concentrated on having an army of scrutineers reaching into every electorate. We proved far more effective in this than the republican movement which easily outspent us.

If the number turned out to be crucial in any State, we could appeal to the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns. That, we thought, would be the right time to raise it.

We were concentrating on ensuring we would have scrutineers in every electorate.


I understand Amy McGrath then persuaded one of the other monarchist groups, the Australian Monarchist League, to appeal.

If they had asked ACM, we would have warned them not to undertake it as they would probably lose and that they should wait for the final results.

In any event, they appealed and predictably lost.

It was initiated by an injunction, the court was clearly irritated by the somewhat leisurely way the action had been brought days before the vote.

They then launched an appeal among monarchists to cover the costs awarded against them. Some of our people contributed substantially to help them.

The ACM strategy proved correct. The number of votes declared informal was small, only 0.86 per cent of the total.


That was all sorts of votes, not just crosses. Many informal votes are deliberately informal.

The only close vote was in Victoria, 1,489,536 (49.84 per cent) “Yes” votes against 1,499,138 (50.16 per cent) votes.

The total number of informals in the State was only 28,063. Even if all related to crosses, and all were reversed into “No” votes, it would have made no difference.

Meanwhile, the national result was 5,273,024 (45.13 per cent) “Yes” votes against 6,410,787 (54.87 per cent) with 101,189 (0.86 per cent) informal votes.

This was a landslide. The “No” strategy proved correct.PC

David Flint

MAIN PHOTOGRAPH: Anthony Albanese. (courtesy Redit)
RE-PUBLISHED: This article was originally published by The Spectator Australia on August 30, 2023. Re-used with permission.

14 thoughts on “Sly Albo’s ‘rigged’ referendum to fail regardless

  1. The EASY SOLUTION to marking the ballot paper is to PRINT ‘NO’ with a PEN.

  2. Thanks Diana for your compendium (for those “too busy” to notice) of how the Australian citizenry has been deceived for over a century into being robbed, asset-stripped and murdeously poisoned.

    If this treacherous UN-WHO/WEF inspired Voice “referendum” runs to plan, it will swiftly cede all assets and lives — via a UNDRIP-style Treaty with our “First Nations” people — to one world government dictatorship.

    Then on 24 MAY 2024, with the scheduled approval of their phony international “health” regulations, they will enforce lockdowns, bioweapon medications, social credit digital currency, and flick the EMP kill switch on all dissenters. Until God decrees otherwise.

  3. If this, or any other referendum/issue is so urgent, necessary and morally right…why, then, do its proponents have to resort to such “rigging” to skew the result to their liking? If the Left can’t defend a policy in open forum on a level playing field, be suspicious of the “correctness” of what is being proposed.

  4. VOTE NO > ALBANESE’S VOICE will blow Australia and Australians apart !!!!
    VOTE NO to Albanese’s Divisive, Dangerous and Racist Voice or our Country is catastrophically doomed.
    More Native Title Claims – Elite blackfellas claim entire Redland shire before the Voice even starts

    Aboriginal land rights claims have exploded. The NSW Metropolitan Local Aboriginal Land Council has nearly 4,000. But you’ll never guess how many claims are yet to be assessed across NSW > 40,000 (FORTY THOUSAND) – Aboriginal Land Claims.

    Brilliant article about The Voice by Bess Nungarrayi Price – I urge you to read and share it.
    Excerpt > I will be voting No and I urge all Australians with a conscience, whatever their religion, to do the same. I am sick of burying our children, seeing education denied to them, seeing them incarcerated, living in dire poverty and taken from families that don’t know how to care for them. We want real solutions and decision-makers willing to listen to all of us, whatever our politics and the languages we speak.
    We need open ears, not a constitutionally embedded, bureaucratised, highly selective Voice set up and run by those who have controlled the narrative and the funds for decades while everything got worse for us.

    Vote NO to the Divisive and Destructive Albanese Voice.
    Vote NO to blatant racism: Don’t Welcome Me to MY OWN Country !!!
    A ‘No’ vote on the Australian Voice is a victory for democracy (against the ruling class)
    If Australians vote No in the voice referendum it will constitute the most magnificent, heartfelt, courageous and supremely democratic act of independence and national pride in our modern political history.
    The Yes campaign, after years of relentless government-funded activism, is now about to spend something like $35m to $50m or more bashing Australians over the head to make them vote Yes. If in the face of this Australians actually vote No, there will be a kind of magnificence in their independence, their defiance and in their mastery of democracy. …
    Vote no to blatant racism: Don’t Welcome Me to MY OWN Country !!!

    VOTE N O to stop the destruction of what is left of all our Democratic Freedoms, Rights and Choices. Stop the Voice by voting NO and then standing united, all Australians can ‘start the full clean up of politics’ for the benefit of US ALL – each and every Australian together.

  5. Vote NO to the Divisive and Destructive Albanese Voice.
    ‘No’ supporter Senator Price blows whistle on $100m-a-day Indigenous industry
    AUSTRALIA’S outspoken conservative, Aboriginal senator Jacinta Nampijinpa-Price, has blown the whistle on the scandalous amounts of money being spent on Aboriginal welfare while other politicians claim the proposed “Voice” bureaucracy will fix the problems.
    Senator Price says Australian taxpayers spend at least $100 million a day on direct support for Indigenous Australians every year or $39.5 billion of direct government expenditure every single year. The figures are based on the 2017 Indigenous Expenditure Report produced by the Productivity Commission.
    Despite these millions dished out daily the Senator is having to raise half a million dollars for a media campaign against the yes vote for the Voice.
    In a message sent to Cairns News the senator said: “I’m talking to you right now because I know you care. Just like me, just like every Australian, you want to close the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Aussies.
    “That’s why it makes me furious when Albo and the ‘yes’ campaigners say the Voice will solve Indigenous disadvantage. The truth is that the people who now want the divisive Voice are the same ones who have been in charge of helping Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people for decades.
    “And it doesn’t stop there. Leading Voice architect Thomas Mayo, who literally wrote the book on the Voice, has been found out saying the Voice is about power and smashing institutions and reparations and compensation.
    “He says he wants to use the Constitution to “force them to listen” and to “punish politicians who ignore our advice”. That’s the reality,” the Senator wrote. “Meanwhile, Indigenous communities are suffering.”
    Senator Price said it was a fact that taxpayers spent at least $100 million a day on direct support for Indigenous Australians every year. “That’s $39.5 billion of direct government expenditure every single year,” she said, citing the Productivity Commission report.
    “That’s more than we spend on the NDIS ($35.5 billion), Medicare ($31.3 billion) or Defence ($38 billion). It’s about the same as the Federal Government’s entire spend on schools and universities ($39.7 billion).
    “Not only does this eye watering amount include welfare payments direct to individuals, it includes the money splurged on government programs, grants, non-profits, and lobby groups – an entire professional activist industry that is meant to help Indigenous Australians.”
    The Senator noted that despite this massive expenditure, for decades there had been almost no noticeable improvement in the lives of Indigenous Australians and “here comes people like Thomas Mayo demanding more power and more money.”
    “As far as the divisive Voice is concerned, it’s time for you and I to tell Albo enough is enough.”
    The Senator appealed for donations to support the $500,000 “no” campaign against the Voice which includes TV and social media campaigns through the group Australians for Unity Ltd.
    “You can draw a line in the sand today with your best gift to help hit a $500,000 ‘no’ campaign target before the end of the financial year. Saying ‘no’ to the pro-Voice activists like Thomas Mayor means mounting a campaign,” she said.

    I ask you all to PLEASE consider, how on earth ANYONE alleging to be our elected leaders can take ownership through copyright of the PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTION.
    Australian Political Treason, Treachery and Sabotage – Who Stole Our Country ?
    The UN and the WEF are a Global Parasite that Threatens EVERY ONE OF US and our children!
    Australia as we know it is just an ILLUSION! This book, FREE to download, is the result of 30 years intensive research by Mr. Dick Yardley. It details the people, the timing and the insidious manner in which this group of traitors implemented their treacherous acts to hand our country in a bloodless coup to the United Nations.
    Author and Constitutional researcher Mr. Dick Yardley invites all Australians to read and/or download a copy of his book Treason, Treachery and Sabotage.
    The fraud, which saw this group change by stealth, over years, our constitutions both federally and state; saw them register our country Australia as a corporation in the United States of America (Inc.) and copyright not just one version of their fraudulent Constitution but FOUR versions.
    I ask you all to PLEASE consider, how on earth ANYONE alleging to be our elected leaders can take ownership through copyright of the PEOPLE’S CONSTITUTION.

    The more the woke Elites try and push down our throats – the faster the yes vote collapses
    Australians are awake. A NO (vote) victory will cause for great celebration across the nation as it will be a rejection of separation, segregation and division.
    It will send a message that we are all equal and we want equal opportunity for every Australian regardless of race.

    Recognise a Better Way will be working hand in hand with Fair Australia in the forthcoming referendum AGAINST THE DEVISIVE VOICE
    Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO
    The Recognise a Better Way team are doing a great job building the intellectual case against the divisive Voice.
    Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price
    We’re working together as one to make sure every Australian learns the truth about the divisive Voice.


    Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, Nyunggai Warren Mundine AO
    VOTE NO – ‘The Voice will Divide, not unite us’ – ‘This is their Voice NOT Mine NOT Yours”


    Regarding JOHN FARNHAM – EVERY AUSTRALIAN for all our Sakes and the Sake of our Country VOTE NO to the allegedly Divisive and Destructive Albanese’s Voice and allegedly SHAME ON JOHN FARNHAM ! – allegedly, If your precious song The Voice as claimed by you/your Wheatley Friends that it was ‘aligned with humanity’ really ???? you would not have allowed Government to use it and ‘not aligned with any Political Party’ really ???? as claimed by you/your Wheatley Friends.
    I have loved you John Farnham for so long but with you doing this; I WILL NEVER AGAIN LISTEN TO YOUR MUSIC !! Shame on You JOHN FARNHAM ! You have allegedly made a dreadful choice/error of judgment……….


    Indigenous woman Cindy Roberts explains the trickery and deceit behind the voice and the real agenda of the Albanese government.

    AUSTRALIA UNDER ATTACK BY THE UN – Insider Discovers Plot to Use ‘Voice’ to Strip Our Assets!!
    Our Constitution is REAL and LIVING! It was subverted, stolen by a global criminal cartel!
    It’s now time to reinstate it and the rule of law!

    Australian Governments Are NOT Governments, but a Parasitic Transnational Corporatocracy !

    The Filthy Little Secret That Enables the Criminal, ‘Banking’ Cartel to Control Humanity !
    The Rothschild Usurer (Banking Cartel) entices leaders or wannabe leaders, those devoid of morals and integrity, to embrace on behalf of their country, the unlimited ‘CREDIT CARD’ to fund their grubby, personal and/or political ambitions.

    Australia – Timeline of Treason by Dick Yardley

    Join Len Harris’ campaign to reverse the theft and destruction of Queensland paper property titles

    RULE OF LAW Institute of Australia
    Conclusion >
    There is one inescapable fact about modern Australia that explains why indigenous people do not need a separate institution in order to make their views clear to parliament: The proportion of seats in federal parliament held by indigenous Australians is already greater than their proportion of the nation’s population.
    Figures compiled by the Parliamentary Library in August, 2022, show Aborigines and Torres Strait Islanders make up 4.8 per cent of the members of federal parliament, and just 3.2 per cent of the total population.
    Their voices led the debate over the breakdown of law and order in Alice Springs.
    This referendum should be rejected – primarily because it is wrong in principle but also because the proponents of this change have failed to provide the community with enough information to make a fully
    informed decision.
    They have forgotten that the Constitution draws its legitimacy from the entire community – not from politicians and insiders.
    – Chris Merritt, Vice President Rule of Law Institute of Australia

    Therefore, the entire premise of altering our Constitution to create “The Voice” because Indigenous Australians currently don‘t have a voice to Parliament in decisions that effect them – is based upon a lie.
    Albanese is running a deception. We should never alter our Constitution based on a con.

    Albanese – the Global Corporatocracy’s regional man — a wretched marble-mouthed imbecile entrusted with finalising the “sale” of Australia to the Oligarchical Globalists via the Voice

    by Senator Malcolm Roberts – ONE NATION
    Martin Luther King’s dream was that his children would ‘not be judged by the colour of their skin but by the content of their character’. I share that dream.
    Who would have thought we would be again fighting for such a basic concept nearly 60 years later.


    The ‘Indigenous Voice to Parliament’ will wreck our Constitution, rewire our democracy, and divide Australians by race.
    It’s divisive, it’s dangerous, it’s expensive and it’s not fair.
    Pledge your “NO” vote today to save the Australia you love.

    THE VOICE TO PARLIAMENT: The United Nations’ Agenda 2030, and how ‘The Voice’ will be Used to Steal Australian Land & Assets

    The new Aboriginal heritage laws in WA are an all-out assault on basic property rights. Think your home is your castle? Think again.
    These laws mean new approvals, new costs, and new surveys to assess for “cultural heritage”.
    For some properties, you might not be able to put up a fence post without approval.
    And now they’re slated to go NATIONWIDE with news Anthony Albanese will introduce its own federal version of these laws.
    If the divisive Voice gets up, it won’t ever stop.
    They’ll be all the worse if the divisive Indigenous Voice to Parliament referendum gets up and has its say.
    In WA, these new laws mean that hundreds of thousands of property owners can’t plant a tree or dig a hole on their land without paying for a permit and asking permission.
    Already some land-owners are saying their property has become “worthless” overnight.
    Many will be forced to pay government consultants for approvals from a new Local Aboriginal Cultural Heritage Service, which will be responsible for determining whether an activity on your land will cause “harm” to “cultural heritage”.

    Please watch this full expose and arm yourself with the truth.

    A ‘No’ vote on the Australian Voice is a victory for democracy (against the ruling class)
    If Australians vote No in the voice referendum it will constitute the most magnificent, heartfelt, courageous and supremely democratic act of independence and national pride in our modern political history.

    We are One Nation / One Flesh & Blood People / Human Beings
    Isn’t this hereunder, in itself, allegedly ‘racist’ ? > Excerpt page 18 (page44) “One delegate raised the possibility that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples need to make this a bigger movement around race. Bring other groups together.
    • “Sovereignty creates values and your identity; and from that we get our laws.”
    • We need to create unity across Indigenous people to be able to fight.
    We need to stop the white government conquering and dividing our people and our families.”
    (Link for FULL document >


    The WHO “Pandemic Treaty” will destroy all remaining freedoms and unleash a global MEDICAL DICTATORSHIP

    “This pandemic treaty is the greatest power grab any of us has seen in our lifetime, says Neil Oliver”

    The pharmaceutical industry is dangerous to health. Further proof with COVID-19
    The COVID-19 situation should make it clear that it is becoming vital to conduct powerful investigations into the interrelationships between industry, science, the media, government, and the military.

    Vaccination and the Media – conflicts of interest in Australia

    Murdoch media as unbelievable as can be found in the world, except perhaps for the ABC
    About the ABC – Up to seven Directors are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Government – SO NO independent/impartial news whatsoever to be seen here !
    ? Maximum benefit to the people of Australia NUH
    ? Maintain the independence and integrity of the Corporation NUH
    ? Board is responsible for ensuring gathering and presentation of news and information is accurate and impartial NUH
    Up to seven Directors are appointed by the Governor-General on the recommendation of the Government. The Managing Director is appointed by the Board. Bad Idea
    The Australian Government has established a merit-based appointment process for non-executive directors to the ABC. Oh Dear !

    Look Up! Wake Up, People! You Are Being “Suicided in Warp Speed”.
    Look up! – And you will see, there is something deadly wrong.

    An Engineered Food and Poverty Crisis to Secure Continued U.S. Dominance

    How Blackrock Investment Fund Triggered the Global Energy Crisis
    “Adherence to UN 2030 Sustainability Agenda”. Colossal disinvestment in the trillion-dollar global oil and gas sector.


    Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC): The Weaponization of Money? WHO’s Health Tyranny: Towards a Totalitarian World Government? No Way!
    Global Research

    Central Bank Digital Currencies
    See this alleged information also > HIDDEN HISTORY > My family is worth 500 trillion dollars.
    We own nearly every Central Bank in the World.
    We financed both sides of every War since napoleon.
    We own your News, The Media, Your oil and your Government.
    see Carter Heavy Industries website for link.

    Multi-Billion Dollar “Direct Energy Weapons” Market, For Military and “Civilian Use” (?)
    By Prof Michel Chossudovsky – Global Research, August 17, 2023
    The Evidence: Direct Energy Weapons were Used in Hawaii
    Images confirm the extent and nature of devastation and destruction. (see videos below).
    They also confirm that the damage incurred was not attributable to “natural causes”.

    Expert Report – ​Fifth Generation (5G) Directed Energy Radiation Emissions in the Context of Nanometal-contaminated Vaccines that include Covid-19 with Graphite Ferrous Oxide Antennas
    ​by Mark Steele
    28 January 2022


    Fight Labor’s War on Freedom of Speech
    Freedom of speech is an essential human right and a fundamental principle of Australian democracy.
    Labor’s Communications Legislation Amendment (Combatting Misinformation and Disinformation) Bill 2023 is a direct attack on freedom of speech.
    With the government taking aim at free speech and threatening the very foundations of our democracy, it’s vital that we stand against this bill. We must fight to protect our fundamental right to express ourselves.
    There is a major problem with this bill and it is far more than just a slippery slope for our civil liberties. It is highly subjective in its definition of what constitutes ‘misinformation’ – in fact, ‘misinformation’ will mean whatever the government wants it to mean. That’s why it is being called ‘Orwellian’ with references to ‘The Ministry of Truth’ which featured in the novel ‘1984’ by George Orwell.
    The information censorship being sought by this bill could easily include legitimate criticisms of the government, questions about the science underpinning climate change ideology, questions about high immigration, questions about gender dysphoria, and the ‘no’ campaign against the voice to Parliament. When the ‘truth’ becomes a subjective tool for the government of the day, you have to ask, who will be fact-checking the fact-checkers?
    Petition (scroll down to sign)
    Continue >

    The Destruction of Freedom of Speech, Freedom of Opinion, Freedom of Thought, Freedom to Share Information – the Destruction of the global population’s Democratic Rights, Freedoms and Choices.


    In Australian Government Anzac Day Tributes they tell us “This year 2023 marks the 50 Anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in Vietnam War. “
    “This year 2023 also marks the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Korean War, where, like Vietnam, Australian troops FOUGHT TO STOP THE SPREAD OF TOTALITARIAN AGGRESSION through out the Asia-Pacific region. Their sacrifice is why Australia HAS THE FREEDOMS WE ALL ENJOY TODAY; why we have OUR SOVEREIGNTY.”
    “This Anzac Day we remember and give thanks for the service of all those who have fought for our freedoms, and we give thanks for all those serving our country today.”
    Comment > The last three years of C0vid Tyranny by Australian Governments and Global Governments has been vile, obscene, catastrophic and gross violations of All Freedoms, Rights and Choices and must never be repeated by any Government Anywhere.

    Mandated Vaccinations or any Forced/Mandated Treatment/Medical treatment are Gross Violations of Medical Ethics/Nuremberg Code/Nuremberg Principles – Individual Rights to fully Informed Consent to Treatment or Individual Rights TO REFUSE TREATMENT.
    Sacred Medical Ethics > FIRST DO NO HARM
    Information Papers and Extensive Independent Unpaid Research

    1. Thanks Diana for your compendium (for those “too busy” to notice) of how the Australian citizenry has been deceived for over a century into being robbed, asset-stripped and murdeously poisoned.

      If this treacherous UN-WHO/WEF inspired Voice “referendum” runs to plan, it will swiftly cede all assets and lives — via a UNDRIP-style Treaty with our “First Nations” people — to one world government dictatorship.

      Then on 24 MAY 2024, with their phony approved international “health” regulations, Western civilisation along with the rest of the world dies from AI-enforced lockdowns, masks, tests, jabs and social credit digital currency. Until God decrees otherwise.

  6. Monarchy is based on bloodline and breeding and genetic selection.
    It is racist eugenics, pure and simple.
    Anyone who supports monarchy but opposes the Voice is a pitiful hypocrite.

  7. I am going to Vote No at the referendum, the Uluru Statement – Voice+Treaty+Truth agenda list and race based division is unacceptable.

    However, consider the news yesterday about the rejection by Mosman Council of a Native Title land claim for a beach that Council rejected. This news is only one example of thousands of claims being processed at enormous expense and public service time. Aboriginal Land Councils already control over 55 per cent of Australia since a Labor Government supported, with the Coalition Opposition Native Title legislation that followed the establishment of ATSIC legislated by Labor in government.

    What are Aboriginal Land Councils and who controls them? Many here have been questioning the $40 billion approximately being spent every year on Indigenous Affairs by the Federal Government. But State Governments have primary responsibility, what are they spending?

    Then consider the Ministers and Departments for Aboriginal Affairs Federal and States/NT, more taxpayer’s expenses.

    I believe now that the Indigenous Industry is costing our multicultural nation far too much catering for Australians who identify as having Aboriginal ancestry, and based on past history that the British Government colonisation started 1788 to 1901. Nobody alive today is responsible, perpetrator or victim, real or imagined. And most Indigenous Australians are of mixed ancestry now. We are all Australians first and foremost.

    The activists are a small minority of Indigenous Australians and they are intent on milking the Commonwealth of Australia and taxpayers for everything they can extract, even the sovereignty of our nation.

    This must be exposed and discussed, the politicians who have supported the undermining grab for power and money must be spotlighted and asked to explain why they have supported this damage to our nation.


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