Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash

Shadow Attorney General

Shadow Minister for Employment and Workplace Relations

Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Senator for Western Australia


14 OCTOBER 2023


Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has been comprehensively rejected by Western Australians who have emphatically voted against his Voice of division.

Shadow Attorney General Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said: “I’m very proud that my fellow Western Australians saw through Mr Albanese’s Voice as legally risky, unknown, divisive and permanent.”

“I know from talking with many Western Australians in the lead up to this referendum that everyone wants the best possible outcomes for Indigenous Australians, but they just did not think this was the best way to do it,’’ she said.

“Most would have voted for constitutional recognition, but this referendum was not simply about recognition – it went much further than that – and Western Australians realised that,’’ Senator Cash said.

“Western Australians saw the Cook State Government’s disastrous Aboriginal Cultural Heritage laws repealed but knew that a Voice in the Constitution would not be able to be repealed by parliament,’’ she said.

“Mr Albanese has needlessly divided this country by overreaching and trying to pull the wool over Australians eyes. It is not what a leader should do,’’ Senator Cash said.

“Mr Albanese now needs to take responsibility for the result of the referendum and for dividing this country,’’ she said.

“I urge all Australians to unite, and together we can address the many challenges facing our country,’’ Senator Cash said.

“The first step to addressing indigenous disadvantage is the coalition’s demand for accountability for the billions of dollars funnelled out of Canberra that don’t properly reach the remote and regional communities where it is most needed,’’ she said.