In the struggle to end the oppression of Aboriginal people, the critical issue is the development of an independent political movement of the working class, directed against the entire political establishment, its program of war and austerity, and the capitalist system itself.
In this video, SEP National Secretary Cheryl Crisp explains why the party is calling for an active boycott of the Voice referendum.
Australia: IYSSE members speak in support of the SEP’s active boycott campaign of Labor’s Voice referendum
“This boycott involves more than just casting informal ballots. It requires active participation in the campaign leading up to the referendum on the October 14.”
Prime Minister Albanese issued his plea as media polls reported a parallel fall in support for the Voice and the Labor government, above all because of the worsening cost-of-living crisis.
Socialist Alternative does not even pretend that the Voice will solve anything for ordinary indigenous people. But despite this, the pseudo-left is aggressively pushing Labor’s policy.
While attendees were undoubtedly motivated by concern over the dire conditions facing indigenous people, the rallies had an essentially right-wing, nationalist and pro-government character.
The comments flowed from the very nature of the Voice referendum itself, which is mired in the reactionary politics of racialism on all sides.
The current Voice proposal is the latest in a long line of false claims to redress the crimes of Australian capitalism, including the 2008 parliamentary apology to the tens of thousands of children removed from their families.
The revelations, which included the possibility of secret graves on site, are just one of the many hidden crimes of the dark and violent history of Australian capitalism against Aboriginal people.
Millions of people voted yes for the 1967 referendum, believing it to be a step towards ending the decades of political and social discrimination imposed on Aboriginal people.