Voice to Parliament: Warren Mundine rips into Yes campaign backflip after celebrities ditched – Warren Mundine has slammed the ‘Yes’ campaign after it emerged they would ditch celebrities endorsements and rely on everyday Australian using ‘scripts’ to win voters.

Polling is showing support for the Indigenous Voice to Parliament plummeting and in danger of being voted down.

To revamp the Yes campaign, it was revealed on Sunday that a more grassroots approach will be adopted to win over voters by tugging at their emotions.

Voice to Parliament: Warren Mundine rips into Yes campaign backflip after celebrities ditched

The campaign had intended to use high-profile Indigenous stars to promote the cause, but activists have since switched their approach over concerns everyday Aussies will be turned off because they ‘don’t like being spoken down to’.

Instead, Yes23 campaigners have been handed a nine-page ‘how-to’ guide, obtained by Daily Mail Australia, outlining 14 scenarios for tough conversations with voters and the best way to win their support.

‘That’s how pathetic they really are,’ leading No campaign advocate Warren Mundine told Daily Mail Australia.

Warren Mundine has slammed the 'Yes' campaign after it emerged they would ditch celebrities endorsements and rely on everyday Australian using 'scripts' to win voters

Warren Mundine has slammed the ‘Yes’ campaign after it emerged they would ditch celebrities endorsements and rely on everyday Australian using ‘scripts’ to win voters

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the vote as a 'modest request from the heart' and an 'offer' he hopes all Australians will embrace

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the vote as a ‘modest request from the heart’ and an ‘offer’ he hopes all Australians will embrace

‘I don’t need a script to talk to ordinary Australians to listen to ordinary Australians, I am an ordinary Australian myself.

‘I don’t have to go to a course to learn about ordinary Australians or to learn how to talk to Australians. I do that 24/7.’

Mr Mundine said the scripts revealed how ‘out-of-touch’ the Yes campaigners are with the majority of Australians.

‘They are going to turn up with an A4 piece of paper and say, ‘I just want to talk to you as my fellow Australians’,’ he said.

‘Give me a break, these blokes are quite frankly clowns.’

The former ALP President turned LNP member said appealing to ordinary Aussies was always the approach of the No campaign, in contrast to the star-studded Yes effort which was planned to be led by Indigenous sports stars such as Cathy Freeman and Adam Goodes.

Olympian athlete Cathy Freeman has been one of the Indigenous stars used to promote the Yes campaign

AFL legend Adam Goodes was also lined up to be part of the Yes campaign

AFL legend Adam Goodes was also lined up to be part of the Yes campaign

‘It just shows how heaps of money and celebrities can’t buy a campaign,’ Mr Mudine said.

‘We did our thing, we’ve always believed in the Australian people and trusted them and not calling them names and not putting crap on them.

‘Maybe this could be a start for them to learn how great ordinary Australians are and how great this country is.

‘How it is not a racist country, as much as they can spit this out to us. We are the most liberty and freedom-loving country in the world.’

The Voice referendum will be held between October and December, asking the Australian public whether  an Indigenous advisory body’ should be established and if First Nation’s People should be enshrined in the Constitution.

Many thousands turned out for rallies nationwide on Sunday to back the Yes vote, with organisers hoping momentum will build despite recent polls showing a decline.

The most recent Newspoll revealed support the Voice sliding to 43 per cent with just two states are tracking to vote yes.

A referendum needs a mandate from the majority of people in the majority of states to pass.

A nine-page 'how-to' guide has been published offering 14 scenarios and the best ways to handle them in an attempt to equip Yes voters with all the information they need to sway votes. Pictured: Question and answer samples in the guide

A nine-page ‘how-to’ guide has been published offering 14 scenarios and the best ways to handle them in an attempt to equip Yes voters with all the information they need to sway votes. Pictured: Question and answer samples in the guide

Many thousands turned out for rallies nationwide on Sunday to back the Yes vote, with organisers hoping momentum will build despite recent polls showing a decline (A rally in Sydney is pictured)

Many thousands turned out for rallies nationwide on Sunday to back the Yes vote, with organisers hoping momentum will build despite recent polls showing a decline (A rally in Sydney is pictured)

The Yes23 campaign said 'people you know - whether friends or family, people at work, your church, your local sporting club will be far more influenced by a conversation with you about this than anything they see or hear from a third party'

The Yes23 campaign said ‘people you know – whether friends or family, people at work, your church, your local sporting club will be far more influenced by a conversation with you about this than anything they see or hear from a third party’

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the vote as a ‘modest request from the heart’ and an ‘offer’ he hopes all Australians will embrace.

But some Indigenous Australians such as Mr Mundine oppose the move, calling it a symbolic exercise that will not benefit actually First Nation’s People in remote area.

The lack of detail surrounding the parliamentary advisory body has also been called into question.

To combat this, Yes23 volunteers are told to emphasise creating an emotional connection with voters.

They are instructed to have ‘belief in your own support’ – rather than focusing on having all the answers or engaging in an ‘intellectual debate’.

The scripted Yes campaign answers are focused on promoting the Voice as a ‘stepping stone on the path to justice’ that will be above the ‘usual partisan politics’ and is an ‘important practical step’.

Mr Mundine alluded to inconsistencies by some Voice advocates including the prominent signatory to the Uluru Statement from the Heart Thomas Mayo as a major sticking point.

Prominent Yes campaigner Thomas Mayo with a volunteer during a campaign event, above. Guides handed to Yes campaigners to win over No and undecided voters have been revealed

Prominent Yes campaigner Thomas Mayo with a volunteer during a campaign event, above. Guides handed to Yes campaigners to win over No and undecided voters have been revealed

The unionist has previously described life after a Voice to Parliament is introduced – including reparations for Indigenous people, ‘rent’ being paid to live on Australian land and the abolishment of ‘harmful colonial institutions’.

Mr Mayo also stated in newly unearthed tweets from 2018 and 2021, the parliamentary advisory body could be used to ‘punish’ politicians. But he has since retracted the comments.

‘They are making it up on the run,’ Mr Mundine said.

‘They change their mind every day or week. They are saying ‘this is just a mild small change to the Constitution’ and the next day they say ‘it will have a say on everything that happens to this country’.

‘The next day they are back again saying ‘don’t be scared about it’ and the next day they are saying we are going to ‘punish politicians’.

‘They’ve exposed themselves with their hypocrisy and their lies.’

Supporters hold placards during a Yes 23 community event in support of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, in Sydney, Sunday, July 2, 2023

Supporters hold placards during a Yes 23 community event in support of an Indigenous Voice to Parliament, in Sydney, Sunday, July 2, 2023

What we know about the Voice to Parliament so far

Here, Daily Mail Australia looks at some of the key questions about the Voice so far, and how the government has tackled them:

What kind of advice can the Voice provide the Parliament and Government?

The Voice will advise on matters that directly relate to Indigenous people.

It will respond to requests made by the government, while also having the power to engage proactively on matters that they believe impact them.

The group will have its own resources to research matters and engage with communities at a grassroots level to ensure it is best reflecting their needs.

How will members of the Voice be chosen?

Members of the Voice will be appointed by Indigenous communities and will serve on the committee for a fixed period of time, yet to be determined.

The way the communities choose their representatives will be agreed upon by the local communities in tandem with the government as part of a ‘post referendum process’ to ensure cultural legitimacy.

Who can become a member of the committee?

Members of the Voice must be Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander.

They will be chosen from across each state and territory and have balanced gender representation nationally.

The government has also guaranteed that young people will be included in the committee to ensure representation across the broad scope of the community.

Will the Voice be transparent?

The government states the Voice will be subject to scrutiny and reporting requirements to ensure it is held accountable and remains transparent.

Voice members will be held to standards of the National Anti-Corruption Commission and will be sanctioned or removed from the committee if there are any findings of misconduct.

Will the Voice have veto power?

No.

Will the Voice work independently of other government bodies?

The committee must respect the work and role of existing organisations, the government says.

Will the Voice handle any funds?

The Voice will not directly manage any money or deliver any services to the community.

Its sole role will be in making representations about improving existing government programs and services, and advising on new ideas coming through the parties.

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