Peter Dutton slams Anthony Albanese and six things he did wrong in wake of Voice


Peter Dutton slams Anthony Albanese and six things he did wrong in wake of Voice referendum defeat

Opposition leader Peter Dutton has blasted Anthony Albanese listing the six things the prime minister did wrong in the wake of the Voice referendum defeat.

During Question Time in Canberra’s House of Representatives Mr Dutton took aim at the proposal and its campaign in the wake of Saturday’s crushing rejection where 61 per cent of voters said No with all states voting against the Voice.

The attempted motion by Mr Dutton drew a short and sharp rejoinder by Mr Albanese who was heard calling the Liberal leader ‘the great divider’.

Mr Dutton was not to be deterred reading out twice his motion that carefully listed the faults he saw in Mr Albanese’s push to have an Indigenous Voice to Parliament.

Peter Dutton took aim at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese over the failed Voice referendum in Parliament on Monday

Peter Dutton took aim at Prime Minister Anthony Albanese over the failed Voice referendum in Parliament on Monday

Mr Dutton accused Mr Albanese of ‘failing to listen to all Australians’ and ‘wasting over $450 million in taxpayer dollars’.

He also criticised the Prime Minister for ‘refusing to provide Australians with the detail on the Voice’ and ‘refusing to compromise in the national interest’.

The list of failures was rounded off with Mr Dutton saying the Prime Minister refused ‘to follow established referendum procedures’. 

‘The Prime Minister has taken our country unnecessarily down a path of division,’ Mr Dutton said before he was cut off by an objection from Labor’s leader of the House Tony Burke.

Mr Burke said he did not grant that the motion be moved at the time, which the Speaker accepted. 

In his proposed motion, Mr Dutton called on the government to support the Opposition’s demand for the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse in Indigenous communities.

He also insisted on an audit of the spending on Indigenous programs and sought support for ‘practical policy ideas to improve the lives of indigenous Australians to help close the gap’.

Mr Dutton is not alone in landing the failure of the Voice at the Prime Minister’s feet.

There were even calls for him to resign after the shellacking at the ballot box.

Sky News commentator Andrew Bolt urged the prime minister to throw in the towel while South Australia’s Opposition Leader David Speirs joined in on the chorus.

At one stage Mr Albanese was heard to interject during Mr Dutton's speech calling the Liberal leader the 'great divider'

At one stage Mr Albanese was heard to interject during Mr Dutton’s speech calling the Liberal leader the ‘great divider’

‘He should resign because the damage he has done to our country and to the very fabric of what it means to be Australian is, quite frankly, heartbreaking,’ Mr Speirs said.

‘The prime minister should think about his future. I don’t think he will resign but there are international precedents there.’

A clearly crest-fallen Mr Albanese defended holding the referendum on Saturday night.

‘We argued for this change not out of convenience but from conviction, because that’s what people deserve from their government,’ he said.

‘When you do the hard things, when you aim high, sometimes you fall short. 

‘And tonight we acknowledge, understand and respect that we have. As prime minister, I will always accept responsibility for the decisions I have taken, and I do so tonight.’

Peter Dutton slams Anthony Albanese in blistering takedown

Peter Dutton launched a scathing takedown of Anthony Albanese listing six things the prime minister did wrong in the wake of the Voice referendum defeat.

1. Dividing Australians through his voice referendum.

2. Failing to listen to all Australians.

3. Wasting over $450 million in taxpayer dollars.

4. Refusing to provide Australians with the detail on the voice.

5. Refusing to compromise in the national interest.

6. Refusing to follow established referenda procedures.

 

 

 

 

 

 



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