10 Reasons for Conservatives to Vote Yes
The Voice to Parliament is not only a left-leaning on the spectrum of politics. There are also compelling reasons for conservatives to vote "Yes". The Voice aligns with conservative values and priorities in several important ways. Here are my top ten reasons why conservatives should vote "Yes".
1. Upholding Tradition and Values
Conservatives place a high value on traditional values and national identity. Acknowledging the First Nations people through the Voice recognises and respects the rich Indigenous history and tradition that predates European settlement, it aligns with conservative principles of preserving cultural heritage.
2. Fostering National Unity
A "Yes" vote can contribute to national unity by acknowledging the rightful place of Indigenous Australians in our nation's story. Embracing this recognition can unite Australians from diverse backgrounds around a shared national narrative.
3. Strengthening Institutions
Conservatives value and emphasise the importance of strong and stable institutions. The Voice to Parliament can reinforce the credibility and stability of Australian democracy by including a broader range of voices in the decision-making process. And including the Voice in the Constitution makes it institutionally stronger.
4. Encouraging Personal Responsibility
Conservatives believe in individual responsibility. Supporting the Voice aligns with this principle by empowering Indigenous communities to have a direct say in the policies and decisions that affect their lives.
5. Enhancing Local Governance
Conservatives typically favor smaller government and local government. The Voice can lead to more community-driven solutions, which are often more efficient and effective, aligning with the conservative preference for decentralisation.
6. Promoting Law and Order
A "Yes" vote can contribute to social stability by addressing historical injustices, overcoming Indigenous disadvantage which is a driver of lawlessness, and fostering a sense of justice and fairness. These are key components in maintaining law and order.
7. Boosting Economic Growth
Conservatives prioritise economic growth and wealth creation. The Voice can lead to improved outcomes for Indigenous communities, reducing their dependency on welfare and contributing to their self-sufficiency and economic prosperity. This will also boost economic growth and wealth for the nation as a whole.
8. Fostering Social Cohesion
Conservatives value social cohesion and harmony. Recognising and addressing the historical injustices faced by Indigenous Australians through the Voice can foster social cohesion by addressing long-standing grievances and promoting reconciliation.
9. Reducing Government Expenditure and Waste
Conservatives are strong advocates for fiscal responsibility and lower taxes. The Voice will contribute to more targeted and effective policies and programs by involving Indigenous communities more directly in decision-making and policy development. This will reduce government expenditure and minimise waste and that reduces pressure on the taxpayers.
10. Honouring Conservative Heroes
Several conservative leaders in Australia's history have championed Indigenous rights and reconciliation, including Sir Robert Menzies and Malcolm Fraser. The Aboriginal Land Rights Act was passed during Malcolm Fraser's Government. Voting "Yes" can be a continuation of these legacies, honouring those conservatives who have advocated for Indigenous peoples.
To conclude, the Voice to Parliament doesn't t have to be partisan. It's not Left or Right. There are valid conservative reasons for voting "Yes." The Voice upholds tradition and values, fosters national unity, strengthens institutions, and encourages individual responsibility. It aligns with conservative principles of efficient local governance, social stability, economic growth, and social cohesion. Supporting the Voice is also a way for conservatives to honour their heroes.
Malcolm Fraser and Galarrwuy Yunipingu were instrumental in establishing the Aboriginal Land Rights Act. Photo: National Archives of Australia.