by SEAN BURKE – PM ANTHONY Albanese has been labelled a “lazy lightweight unwilling to think about issues” after publicly admitting he’d not read the 26-page Uluru Statement underpinning his Voice referendum proposal.
A high-profile Liberal Party donor launched into Mr Albanese this week after the Labor leader admitted to Melbourne’s 3AW presenter Neil Mitchel that he’d never read the full 26-page document – adding “why would I?”.
“The Prime Minister skips across the surface. Four miles wide and one inch deep,” the donor continued.
“This frivolous comment will be the end of the Voice. The Libs, with a lot of luck, can win the next election.”
Vote No advocate and Federal Senator Jacinta Price agreed, saying Mr Albanese’s admission was “absolutely incredible”.
“You couldn’t make this stuff up,” Senator Price said.
“Who is Anthony Albanese actually listing to?” she asked.
“He’s talking about this whole process being about listening to Indigenous Australians.”
Senator Price said not only was the Prime Minister not listening – but he’s also not reading.
“His own working group, given they’d written the Uluru Statement from the Heart – all 26 pages of it – would have put it to him that they would be seeking reparations and treaty,” she said.
“If the Prime Minister had done what he’s supposed to do, like read the fine print – and understood what the Voice proposal is – he might have a slight clue of what he’s arguing for in terms of a huge change to our constitution.
“But he couldn’t even bring himself to do that.”
Mr Albanese’s latest breath-taking admission comes just days after former prime minister Tony Abbott accused many in the Labor Government of having no idea what they had endorsed.
Mr Albanese has repeatedly claimed the Voice was a benign one-page statement – despite recent Freedom of Information releases confirming it is a much broader document outlining plans for a race-based treaty and financial reparations.
Mr Abbott said the Albanese Government had mislead voters by claiming the Voice was just “a nice gesture”.
“I think [Voice architect] Megan Davis was right when she said it was a very big document – 18 to 20-odd pages,” Mr Abbott told Sky News’ Peta Credlin earlier this month.
“And Ms Davis had been repeating that line until, it seems, she was leant on by the government over the past 24 hours or so.”
Mr Abbott had suggested – prior to Mr Albanese’s confirming revelation – that many Labor MPs had never even read the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
“It’s very easy in a busy public life to miss the multitudinous documents that come out of government – and I suspect that until quite recently most people at the senior levels of the Albanese Government had never read all of the other documents associated with this whole Uluru process,” he said.
“It’s probably only now that they’ve suddenly woken up to exactly what they have endorsed.
“Because what they have endorsed, as is clear from all these associated documents including the full Uluru Statement, is so much more than just this nice advisory body.
“It’s a power grab unprecedented in Australia’s history. It’s a constitutional upheaval unprecedented in Australia’s history.”
Mr Abbott said the Voice was a first step in re-engineering Australia into a divided nation.PC