Senator Pat Dodson: Father of reconciliation’s frank admission but says Voice to Parliament can succeed

Western Australia’s most senior senator and leading indigenous rights activist has admitted the No campaign against the Voice had been “fairly effective”.

Widely regarded as the father of reconciliation, Pat Dodson, who has been unable to campaign for the Yes vote because of ill-health, also conceded the lack of detail on what a Voice to Parliament would look like had hampered the success of convincing Australians to agree to the referendum question.

“I think there is a fairly effective No campaign being run. I don’t believe that’s necessarily a campaign that’s … in our best interest but it’s their campaign,” Senator Dodson told The Australian.

“I think that it’s difficult, as everyone knows, to promote the Yes campaign in terms of the detail, what the proposition is, what the provision is, why this is important, how it’s going to benefit us.

“There are some questions that are about detail, which are really not the substance of what we’re talking about. The referendum is about a principle.

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