Actress Isla Fisher has condemned the result of the Voice to Parliament referendum, after Australia resoundingly voted against the proposal.
Australia firmly voted No to the proposed change – which would have seen an Aboriginal ‘Voice’ on new laws enshrined into the constitution – with every state rejecting the proposal, and only the ACT voting Yes.
Fisher, 47, shared a screenshot of a CNN article about the referendum results to her Instagram account.
‘Day of shame for Australia,’ she wrote.
Fisher’s reaction sparked anger with some Australians, who felt she was not in a position to comment given she now lives in London.
Actress Isla Fisher (pictured) said the defeat of the Voice to Parliament referendum was a ‘day of shame for Australia’
‘Definitely not a day of shame,’ responded one Instagram user.
‘A day where we stood as one against the Government & their BS lies of something they were not transparent on and showed no info of what would happen after.’
‘Maybe the government should [have] been clear and precise with what the referendum would do rather then a smoke and mirrors campaign,’ said another.
Several followers suggested Fisher should refrain from commenting on Australian politics given that she no longer lives here – having moved to the UK earlier this year.
‘Unfollowing, respect the decision of the people that actually live here,’ one wrote.
However, some of her fans agreed with her.
‘It is embarrassing to watch it knowing I, too, am Australian and so desperately wanted our First Peoples to have formal recognition in the Australian Constitution, just like every other country in the world has for their Indigenous Peoples,’ wrote one.
One follower said: ‘It is!! It’s a disgrace!!! I’m ashamed to be an Australian.’
‘Absolutely ridiculous. So disappointed with our country today,’ added a third.
‘Very sad that First Nation people couldn’t have their voice, mistreated for over 250 years it should be a right to have a voice not a privilege..’ commented another.
More than 60 per cent of Australians voted against the Voice, with all six states and the Northern Territory voting now. Only the Australian Capital Territory votes Yes.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney, who had campaigned for Yes, addressed the nation at Parliament House after the No vote became clear.
Australia voted No to the Indigenous Voice referendum, with every state rejecting the proposal and only the ACT voting Yes (pictured, Yes campaigners at the official Yes23 referendum function at Wests Ashfield Leagues Club on Saturday)
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney addressed the nation at Parliament House after the referendum was called
The Prime Minister acknowledged that while it wasn’t the result he had hoped for, he respects the overwhelming decision of the Australian people.
‘When we reflect on everything happening in the world today, we can all give thanks that here in Australia we make the big decisions peacefully and as equals, with one vote, one value,’ he said.
‘I never imagined or indeed said that it would be easy. Very few things in public life worth doing are.’
Mr Albanese vowed his government would continue to fight to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians by working to ‘close the gap’ and advance reconciliation.
The federal cabinet will convene this week to discuss alternate ways to address the significant disadvantages First Nations people face.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander leaders have called for a week of silence and mourning following the result of the weekend’s referendum.
Leaders said in a statement that ‘much will be asked about the role of racism and prejudice against Indigenous people in this result’.
Following a period of mourning, the government and Indigenous leaders will set up a new dialogue about reconciliation and closing the gap.