Voice to Parliament: More than half of Australians reject Voice referendum in brutal blow

Australians have overwhelmingly rejected a referendum to enshrine an Indigenous Voice in the Constitution, with all six states to have voted against the proposal.

At 6am on Sunday, the national tally stood at 60 per cent for the No vote and 40 per cent for Yes.

The ACT, which like the Northern Territory is only included in the national total, is the only jurisdiction to have returned a Yes vote.

Voters in Queensland were most against the proposal for constitutional change, with 68 per cent of votes cast for the No.

The No camp also resonated with NSW and Victoria voters, who rejected the referendum 59 per cent and 54 per cent respectively.

Meanwhile, South Australia returned a 64 per cent vote for No, while 59 per cent of Tasmanians and 64 per cent of WA voters voted against the change.

Just 38 per cent of NT voters were in favour of the proposal.

Speaking just hours after the vote was called on Saturday evening, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese took responsibility for the decision to hold the referendum.

“While tonight’s result is not one that I had hoped for, I absolutely respect the decision of the Australian people and the democratic process that has delivered it, he said.

“When we reflect on everything happening in the world today, we can all give thanks that here in Australia we make the big decisions peacefully and as equals, with one vote, one value.”

He conceded at no point could he have “guaranteed the referendum would succeed”.

“What I could promise was that we would go all in, that we would try, and we have,” he said.

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