Sydney’s Lord Mayor has come under furious attack from a high-profile media commentator after she boasted in a newsletter that her city first introduced a Voice for Indigenous people 15 years ago.
A recent newsletter bearing the signature of long-standing mayor Clover Moore claimed that the council’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Advisory Panel had acted as a ‘Voice’ for Indigenous people since 2008.
The newsletter also announced that the council was backing the Yes case for the Voice at the referendum to be held on October 14.
But social commentator and journalist Prue MacSween rubbished the 300-word letter as nothing more than virtue signaling penned by the ‘queen of woke’.
Ms MacSween said overflowing garbage in the streets and violence in homes will continue while distractions like the Voice take up all the air in the political debate.
‘Once again Clover Moore oversteps her role as Chief Garbage Collector and (over)rated rate collector,’ Ms MacSween told Daily Mail Australia.
Clover Moore, Lord Mayor of the City of Sydney Council, penned a letter to Sydneysiders (pictured) explaining why she’ll be voting Yes for the Voice to Parliament
Social commentator and journalist Prue MacSween rubbished the 300-word letter as nothing more than virtue signalling penned by the ‘Queen of Woke’
‘She’ll find any cause she can attach herself to, to pump up her own tyres… The YES campaign was a no-brainer for her to latch onto.
‘She is the queen of woke and (it is) typical of the elites who want to extend a hand of friendship & understanding, but would rather offer sympathy than solutions.’
Sydney’s advisory panel, which was established by unanimous vote in 2008, gave Indigenous peoples the ability to advise local councillors on plans that affected their communities.
‘Elected councillors still make decisions, but they are now better informed,’ Ms Moore wrote.
‘This year, council has committed to campaigning to promote a “Yes” vote.
‘Our version of the Voice works for the city, and it will work for the nation.’
She said that it was ‘our moral duty to vote Yes on 14 October’.
The mayor continued: ‘In the words of Noel Pearson, “It falls to our generation to unite three stories of Australia: our ageless Heritage, our esteemed British Institutions, and our glorious Multicultural Unity.”
Mr Pearson was a key speaker at a recent CityTalk event focusing on the Voice to Parliament referendum.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney, Stan Grant, and Voice architect Thomas Mayo also made appearances at the event.
In response to the scathing criticism from Ms MacSween a spokesperson for the Lord Mayor told Daily Mail Australia that a Voice was the only path forward.
‘Our history, particularly in relation to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, includes events and attitudes that our current policies and initiatives need to redress,’ the spokesperson said.
‘The impact of colonisation is particularly poignant here in Sydney, the first site of invasion.
‘By acknowledging our shared past, we are laying the groundwork for a future which embraces all Australians – a future based on mutual respect and shared responsibility for this land.’
Lord Mayor Clover Moore (pictured) said that Sydney has had a Voice for 15 years, since her council introduced an Indigenous advisory panel by unanimous vote in 2008
Ms MacSween claimed that Sydney’s ‘Voice’ has done nothing more than inflate the mayor’s ego while trash piles up in the streets
Australia’s last referendum was held 24 years ago in 1999 to decide whether the country should become a republic.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese warned of the consequences of a No vote in a speech he delivered in Adelaide launching the Yes campaign.
‘On that day, every Australian will have a once in a generation chance to bring our country together… And to change it for the better,’ Mr Albanese told the audience.
‘On October 14 you are not being asked to vote for a political party or a person. You’re being asked to say yes to an idea whose time has come.’
Mr Albanese guaranteed a Voice would save money in the long run by streamlining services and directing help exactly where it is needed in the community.
‘Let’s be very clear about the alternative. Voting no means going nowhere. It closes the door on this opportunity to move forward. Don’t close the door on constitutional recognition… don’t close the door on the next generation of Indigenous Australians. Vote yes,’ he said.
The question presented to Australians will be: ‘A proposed law: to alter the constitution to recognise the First Peoples of Australia by establishing an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice. Do you approve this proposed alteration?’
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese (pictured) announced that Australians will vote for the Voice to Parliament referendum on October 14 while speaking in Adelaide in late August
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