Nathan Cleary has shared a short clip announcing his support for the Yes campaign in this month’s Voice referendum.
Cleary encouraged Australians to tick the Yes box in a video posted to social media by Indigenous leader Roy Ah-See shortly
The video was posted immediately after Cleary led Penrith’s 26-24 win against the Brisbane Broncos in an electrifying end to the 2023 NRL season.
“No voice, no choice. Come on Australia, vote Yes,” Cleary said in the video.
Mr Ah-See had travelled to the premiership winning club to give a presentation on the Voice as part of an effort to stop misinformation.
“Nathan asked after the presentation in front of the whole playing group and the Panthers staff, what he could do to highlight the issue,” Ah See told The Age.
“He said I’ll do anything. He said he wanted to live in a better country which was inclusive for everyone, and he felt strong about it.”
Anthony Albanese, who is fighting a tidal wave of opposition to the long awaited referendum, reposted the video to his social media channels on Monday.
It came as Albanese criticised Warren Mundine for encouraging a fight between a former boxer and leading Yes advocate Thomas Mayo, arguing that rising negativity was driving voters away from the No campaign.
Mr Mundine’s second cousin and Voice opponent Anthony Mundine publicly stated he wanted to fight Mr Mayo last week.
In a video posted on social media, the former world champion boxer said he wanted “to beat (Mayo) up real good because he needs to be taught a lesson”.
Warren Mundine responded, supporting a physical altercation in a move that the Prime Minister used to point to an example of “fear” being used by No campaigners.
“I was quite shocked by the fact that Warren Mundine thought that it was OK to back those comments,” Mr Albanese said on Monday.
“What we actually need is to come together in the spirit of reconciliation and I hope sincerely that people do that.”
Mr Albanese’s comments come as hundreds of early voting stations opened across the country on Monday just weeks ahead of the October 14 Voice referendum.
Mr Albanese said the increasingly divisiveness of the debate has swayed more and more voters to switch sides to vote in favour of a First Nations Voice to Parliament.
“The feedback that I’ve had, certainly over the weekend, is people have noticed the positive nature of the Yes campaign compared with some of the negativity that is in the No campaign,” he told media.
At a press conference on Monday, the Prime Minister took a swipe at some of the tactics of the No campaign, believing they’re spreading fear and misinformation.
“What we’ve had is a whole lot of disinformation out there,” Mr Albanese said.
“I know a lot of people have not made up their mind, and what I know is that the feedback when people talk through these issues – they arrive at a Yes vote pretty comfortably.
“I sincerely think the key to the next fortnight is those one-on-one conversations.”