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‘Not how it works’: Albo slams Voice claim

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The Prime Minsiter has hit back against the main criticism of the Voice, telling No voters that “this is just an advisory body”.. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Martin Ollman

Anthony Albanese has hit back at Voice to Parliament critics who say the proposal lacks detail.

The Prime Minister told voters there was “nothing to fear” about the upcoming referendum, saying that it is “just about recognition, and then about an advisory body”.

Speaking to 10 News, Mr Albanese insisted there the is nothing wrong with the amount of detail in the proposal.

Mr Albanese told viewers there was "nothing to fear" about voting yes in the upcoming referendum. Photo: 10 News
Mr Albanese told viewers there was "nothing to fear" about voting yes in the upcoming referendum. Photo: 10 News

“The detail is there and of course, the Parliament will determine the composition and procedures of the Voice,” he said on the program.

He went on to say that those who question why the referendum has to occur before the set up of the Voice is worked out are not asking a “genuine question”.

“The Constitution sets out the principles and the beauty of this proposal is that it doesn‘t interfere with the primacy of the Parliament, it reinforces it - that’s the whole point,” he said.

“It will be up to Parliament to determine the functions and procedures, composition of the Voice and that has been the way that our Constitution is written.

Australians will head to the polls to vote in the referendum on October 14. Picture: PMO via NCA NewsWire
Australians will head to the polls to vote in the referendum on October 14. Picture: PMO via NCA NewsWire

“It says we‘ll have a defence force, it doesn’t say how many tanks we’ll have, it doesn’t say where the bases will be, it doesn’t say what the size of our army should be.”

Despite being pressed by Ms Raper, Mr Albanese would not agree that there had been an ugly element to the Voice campaign.

“I think that some of the tone of the debate has been really unfortunate and whether it be the participants or some of the tone that‘s been set by some elements of the media, it is unfortunate.”