Angry Anderson announces that he is voting No to the Voice: ‘We mainstream Australians are not racist and are tired of being told we are’
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Veteran rocker Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson has given an impassioned explanation of why he is voting No in the Indigenous Voice to Parliament.
The Rose Tattoo frontman said after listening to Senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price and others, he does not believe the referendum’s success will help address ‘the real problems’ facing Aboriginal people.
He also hit out at criticism that anyone opposed to the establishment of the advisory body to inform government is merely ‘racist’.
‘We, mainstream Australians, are not racist and we are tired of being told we are, purely by the virtue of having been born Caucasian,’ he wrote in a lengthy Facebook Post.
The referendum to be held on October 14 aims to enshrine First Nations People in the Constitution and establish a Voice to Parliament that would advise government on issues facing Indigenous Australians.
Veteran rocker and lead singer of Rose Tattoo Gary ‘Angry’ Anderson has stated his views on the Indigenous Voice to Parliament
Anderson fears the Voice will become yet another ineffective bureaucracy vacuuming up tax-payers money and doing little to bring change.
‘Since the late seventies, when I first heard the term ‘the Aboriginal industry’, we all have seen just how this industry has grown and sadly become, like most other bureaucracies, an ineffectual giant, a toothless tiger, a bottomless pit, into which so many of our tax dollars are yearly poured to little effect,’ he said.
‘What we have seen recently is that some of these representatives, both individuals, departments, companies, and some of those elected into our parliament have become obscenely wealthy on our taxed dollars, it would seem that very few of our dollars are reaching those most in need!’
The singer claims Australians are being told inequality issues facing Indigenous Australians is ‘our fault’ and that voting ‘Yes’ will fix the problems.
‘Well let me state clearly I don’t believe them! So it’s a NO from me!’ he said.
‘For decades now that very industry of radical voices have tried to blame, shame, and bully us into believing that we are the problem.
‘Well I’m saying now, loud and clear, I have never accepted that! I do not accept that! and I never will accept it!
Anderson said that LNP Senator Jacinta Price was pointing to the real and unrecognised problems of Indigenous people
Although Anderson said how people vote is a deeply personal and individual decision the Voice referendum was such a ‘momentous moment in our history’ that it was ‘timely’ for people like him to ‘speak up and declare where we stand and why’.
In airing his views Anderson said he had discussed them with the other Rose Tattoo members and had their permission to go public.
He did not urge people to vote in a particular way but pleaded with them to clearly write ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ clearly on the ballot paper ‘so your vote is not wasted, our future depends on it, our future is in your hands!’
Despite saying he rarely offers his political opinions Anderson has previously unsuccessfully stood for NSW parliament as a candidate for rural conservative Coalition junior partner the National Party in 2011.
That same year he campaigned against Labor’s tax of CO2 emissions giving his support to Liberal Tony Abbott who successfully claimed office on a campaign opposing the scheme.
Anderson again put his hand up to run for the National Party in the 2015 NSW election before withdrawing for personal reasons.
He has been an outspoken critic of allowing increased Muslim immigration into Australia and of accepting asylum seekers arriving by boat.
Anderson is the only original member of Rose Tattoo, which is currently doing a nationwide tour, still with the band that was formed in 1976 and whose hits include We Can’t Be Beaten and Bad Boy for Love.
In a lengthy Facebook Post Anderson has explained why he intends to vote No to the Voice