A prominent Yes campaigner says Ally Langdon’s A Current Affair interview with veteran journalist Ray Martin is one of the reasons why the country Voted No for the voice.
The TV icon sparked controversy when he called voters convinced by the No campaign’s ‘If you don’t know, vote No’ slogan ‘d***heads and dinosaurs’ on the show.
Prominent author and former journalist Martin Flanagan listed the interview as one of the reasons most Australians rejected the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
His article analysed the ways the No camp managed to win the referendum.
‘I would like to establish a media award named after Ally Langdon from ‘A Current Affair’. Ally grilled Ray Martin after he said dinosaurs were voting NO,’ Flanagan wrote.
Ray Martin appeared on the Channel Nine news program he once hosted, A Current Affair, and was grilled by presenter Ally Langdon about his language at a Yes rally
‘Ally said Australians didn’t understand the Voice and, as proof of this proposition, said, ‘I mean, my parents don’t understand it. They’ve looked at it, their group of friends who have looked at it and don’t understand it, that is a massive problem.’
‘The prize for my media award is a cartoon with a group of dinosaurs looking up at a billboard saying ‘If You Don’t Know, Vote No’.’
Flanagan insinuated that Ally using the opinion of her friends and family during the interview should have been irrelevant.
‘It’s not just the Voice referendum – it’s all the other things we don’t want to know about,’ he said.
‘We’ve got an overpopulated, overheating planet with two global conflicts raging as we speak.’
‘Major environmental catastrophes could have hundreds of millions of people on the move, the effect of climate change on the world’s agricultural regions could cause widespread famine etcetera etcetera.’
‘But back to you in the studio, Ally. Tell us what do your parents and their friends think.’
Author, veteran journalist and Yes supporter Martin Flanagan (pictured) referred to the interview in a piece he wrote that was addressed to the 39 per cent of Australians who voted Yes to the Voice to Parliament
Flanagan appeared to take a swipe at Ally (pictured) for using the opinion of her friends and family during the interview on the show when addressing Martin about his comments
Flanagan described the No camp’s slogan as the ‘most epoch defining campaign slogan I have seen in my adult lifetime’.
‘It’s Time’ was a Labor Party campaign slogan under Gough Whitlam during the 1972 federal election, which played on the need for change after 23 years of a Liberal coalition government.
Flanagan claimed the No camp utilised Trump-like tactics to sway voters.
‘Roger Stone, political ally of Donald Trump, listed as one of his rules of political combat, ‘Attack your enemy from every front. Make him feel besieged and confused’. Australians were besieged – particularly on social media – and deeply confused,’ he said.
‘Trumpism isn’t about winning the debate on any rational or intellectual plane. It’s about sucking the life out of your opponent.’
Flanagan also dedicated an entire point to Tony Abbott, who he referred to in the piece as Tony Rabbit, as the former Prime Minister was an outspoken No supporter.
‘NO needed a front man, a veneer of respectability, and Tony Rabbit provided it by saying he was against the Voice on grounds of constitutional law,’ he said.
At the beginning of the article, Flanagan claimed the No camp utilised Trump-like tactics to sway voters
Flanagan also dedicated an entire point to former Prime Minister Tony Abbott (pictured), who he referred to in the piece as Tony Rabbit, as he was an outspoken No supporter
‘The fact is that in 10 years when the social problems that triggered the Uluru Voice to the Heart are still unsolved, ‘the progressive No-voter’ will have to confront the fact that, having said NO to the Voice, they have done exactly nothing to address chronic Indigenous disadvantage,’ he said.
‘They will have done nothing because nothing can be done without the co-operation of Indigenous Australia and that’s precisely what they have spurned.’
Flanagan suggested a lack of organisation within the Yes campaign and a lack of continuing momentum were factors to the referendum’s defeat as well.