What are ‘Advance’ and ‘Fair Australia’, and why are they spearheading the ‘no’ campaign on the Voice?

Fri, 25 Aug 2023 03:45:44 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"It never quite lived up to its billing as “the right-wing GetUp!” but five
years on, an activist group feted by Australia’s most conservative politicians
and backed by some rich but reclusive individuals is a vocal opponent of the
Voice to Parliament.

While Advance Australia has not matched the profile of its often-reviled
left-wing nemesis, it believes the Voice referendum, expected in October, is
its best chance of exercising serious political clout.

Formed in 2018 in the wake of the marriage equality reform, Advance Australia
was tasked with mobilising a hitherto disparate conservative citizenry whose
adherents blame “wokeism” for everything from the declining authority of the
Christian church to gender fluidity, environmentalism, and the Voice to

But where the nostalgically minded group might have selected a name that, like
its progressive counterpart, sounded a call to action – WakeUP! or StandUP!
being obvious choices – it opted instead for marketing subterfuge."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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