The Law institute of Victoria is publicly supporting the Voice and the NSW and Victorian Bar Associations also, despite many members and media objections that such legal bodies should remain independent from politics.

Supreme Court Judge Justice Harrison’s outrageous attack on Nationals MP Pat Conaghan has also raised concerns about the separation of powers between the workings of parliament and the judiciary.

Justice Harrison equated voting No with being a racist, with being niggardly, cruel and mean spirited.

Actors and musicians have joined the Yes love-in. Foreigners such as the popular Ed Sheeran thought it was just fine to prance about on an Australian stage trailing the Aboriginal flag and wearing a t-shirt with an Aboriginal flag. Looked a real dickhead.

Beyond Blue and the Cancer Council’s comments are part of the continuing thinly veiled threat to No voters.

Our actions and unkind words will apparently bring poor health, heartache, despair and possible suicides to Aboriginal people.

The federal government has committed an extra $10m to support the mental health of Aboriginals during the referendum period, and mental health organisations say they are bracing for increased reports of racism and psychological distress.

How insulting to presume that Aboriginals are like toddlers who have tantrums and fall apart when they don’t get what they want.

How insulting to presume that No voters are cruel racists out to cause pain and distress.

We are warned there may be rioting in the streets, and that other countries will think oh-so-poorly of us if the No voters succeed.

All the usual scaremongering tactics of those who don’t have a logical argument are being dragged out.

Those Goody Two-Shoes Yes voters, on the other hand, will be supporting social and emotional wellbeing, closing that nasty gap, reducing the horrors of colonisation, and intergenerational trauma and a myriad of other nebulous fluffy issues. 

In this country, nobody has the right to pressure others to vote in a particular way. This must surely be the most un-Australian form of coercion and one likely to result in a backlash.

We are not some tin-pot African country where votes are bought and sold and citizens are bribed to vote this way or that.

As well, nobody in Australia is obliged to tell anyone how they are intending to vote, not their boss, their fans, their spouse or even their dear old Mum.

I believe that if you are working for a company, a business, no matter how small or large, and your employer publicly announces that his business-your work place-supports the Voice, then you have a right to be offended, particularly if you wish to vote No.

Who you vote for is nobody’s business but your own and your boss is usurping his authority when he arrogantly assumes he speaks for all his employees.

He needs to butt out of what is a private and personal decision. This applies whether you work for giants like Qantas, Rio Tinto and Wesfarmers, or the little coffee shop on the corner.

In this great democracy we are lucky to still have one card up our sleeves to beat these virtue-signalling grovellers.

We have a secret ballot and three hearty British cheers for that!  If your boss is publicly seeking brownie points for voting Yes, you know you can ignore him with a mental two-finger salute as you pop your No vote into the box on referendum day.

The welcome to country (WTC) ceremonies forced on ANZAC crowds enraged many, and the flying of the two cuckoo flags on that special day was seen as particularly inappropriate and offensive.

My sticker sales increased markedly as a result of this public disapproval. Our RSL leaders appear to be in the thrall of the Aboriginal industry and have forgotten what they are actually exist to do.

One veteran who wrote a letter of complaint to his local RSL regarding WTC ceremonies received an insulting reply dripping with condescension.

Another furious Aussie wrote, “We will not be welcomed to our own country and we will not tolerate anyone welcoming the memories and souls of our service men and women to their homeland.  This was an insulting rude intrusion into the memories of our heroes.”

And all the while, the demand for No stickers increases because Australians don’t care for politics poking its nose into our private business, or threatening us, or messing with our special days such as ANZAC Day, Australia Day and Remembrance Day.

My most popular sticker remains “Don’t Welcome me to my own Country” and I distributed even more than usual after that State of Origin match in Adelaide.

The long-suffering public has had enough of this stomping about in nappies puffing smoke and blowing didgeridoos.

The latter costs extra, by the way. Didge blowers don’t come cheap. Don’t think for a minute that the performers are donning those dress-ups and stomping about out of the goodness of their hearts.

Oh no! WTC is big business. The Broken Hill Council has given up on WTC as they can’t afford it. The Gold Coast Council has also stopped WTC because it’s a waste of councillors’ time, and all praise to them.

The ads for the Yes vote are now hitting our screens and what a lot of smarmy, smiley, simpering bunch of sycophants they show us.

How they bore the pants off us with the old poor-me whinge. If the blatant lies in some of these ads arouses your ire, complain.

Then complain again. Complain all the way to the top because I reckon it’s time for truth telling.

jbhackett@bigpond.com

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Joanna Hackett grew up in country Australia and taught for twenty-one years before circumnavigating the world for five years with her husband, in a yacht. She is a published author who still travels widely. She is particularly concerned about the proposal for a racial mandate in our Constitution