Andrew Bolt: Why firebrand conservative commentator nearly resigned over the Voice to Parliament referendum
High-profile conservative commentator Andrew Bolt has revealed he almost quit his job over the Voice to Parliament referendum.
The Sky News host said he had previously ‘lost faith’ in Australians when polling showed nearly two-thirds of the country backed the proposal.
‘Over Christmas, I told my wife I’d have to resign this year because I couldn’t understand this country anymore,’ Bolt said on Thursday.
‘Everywhere you went there were signs saying vote yes. No one dared say no – of course, the bullying was so bad – “you’re a racist”.’
Sky News host Andrew Bolt (pictured) said he was ‘inspired’ by the majority voice swinging against the Voice referendum, with latest polls showing only 41.6 per cent of Aussies are in support
‘But then something amazing happened,’ he continued.
‘Over the past year, the polls have shown that the Voice went from two-thirds support to now approaching two-thirds against.’
The commentator then went on to label the changing majority as ‘inspiring’.
‘I find that stunning. Not just stunning – astonishing and inspiring. Because it shows Australians can’t be bought off with money, or frightened off by bullying.’
Bolt then went on to say the No vote majority does not show Australians are racist, as they started off this year wanting to give it a go.
Bolt’s comments come as the Yes vote plunge over the last few months, with current polling revealing only 41.6 per cent of Aussies nationwide support passing the referendum
Bolt argued the Voice was ‘wrong’ and would have the capacity to ‘divide’ Australia
‘They thought, they looked and they thought and then they decided that this Voice was actually wrong,’ he argued.
‘It would divide us and it wouldn’t do much for [Aboriginal people] either.’
Bolt’s comments come as the Yes vote plunge over the last few months, with current polling revealing only 41.6 per cent of Aussies nationwide support passing the referendum.
A double majority – a majority of Australians in a majority of states – is needed for the referendum to pass.
An estimated six per cent of eligible voters are still undecided ahead of Saturday’s final opportunity to cast a ballot on the Voice proposal.
Well over two million Australians have already voted in the referendum, meaning the outcome of the vote may not be known on Saturday night.