For the Indigenous Voice referendum to pass, Australians need a better understanding of why they’re voting on it

The inner city of Melbourne is often caricatured by conservatives as a progressive, woke, almond-latte left-wing heartland.

With those assumptions, you could conclude that in this part of Australia, understanding and support for issues about Indigenous rights would be well established.

On Wednesday evening I quietly sat in on a “focus group” organized by consulting group Redbridge in the inner-city Melbourne seat of Richmond, largely about the state election campaign.

The group of six shared their views about the Liberals, Greens and Dan Andrews Labor government.

Their general take was that the election was uninspiring and that after this year’s federal election they are a bit over hearing about politics. They couldn’t wait for it to end.

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