Lismore City News
Saturday, 2 December 2023

Nationals Candidate for Lismore Alex Rubin says he supports an indigenous voice to parliament

Updated December 13 2022 - 4:06pm, first published December 12 2022 - 10:19am

The Nationals Candidate for Lismore at the next state election, Alex Rubin, has broken ranks with his party's federal leadership and says he support a referendum on an 'Indigenous Voice to Parliament'.

Alex Rubin supports an indigenous voice to parliament.
Alex Rubin supports an indigenous voice to parliament.

"As I continue to engage with people across our regional communities, I am often asked about my position on 'The Voice'," he said.

"Back in November, I posted my personal thoughts on this issue; which have not changed.

"Although there has been some opposition to 'The Voice', most people I have engaged with across the Northern Rivers are generally supportive of a referendum on this issue. However, I also share their collective concerns about the specific details of any proposed changes to our nation's constitution, as a foundation pillar for our society."

In opposing The Voice federal Nationals leader David Littleproud said the party didn't believe it would "genuinely close the gap" despite senior indigenous leaders saying it would.

Mr Littleproud said the Nationals didn't believe in "creating another layer of bureaucracy here in Canberra".

But Mr Rubin said not acknowledging our First Nations Peoples in the preamble of the constitution needed to change.

He did agree, however, that any referendum needed to be specific and detailed.