Geraldton’s Yes voters are actively campaigning while No voters are quiet leading up to the Voice referendum

Anna CoxGeraldton Guardian
More than 100 people marched for the Yes campaign on Saturday.
Camera IconMore than 100 people marched for the Yes campaign on Saturday. Credit: supplied;Michael Rootes

There are 22 days until the Voice to Parliament referendum and a significant portion of the country are yet to decide whether they will be voting Yes or No, but the Geraldton for Yes campaign is hoping to have a tangible impact.

Across Australia, campaigns for both options are actively presenting their arguments in the hopes of swaying the undecided.

On Saturday more than 100 people gathered at Stow Gardens to march in support of the Yes vote, through the Mid West branch of the Yes campaign — Geraldton for Yes.

Geraldton’s Yes campaign has Michael Rootes at the helm, a research staffer for the State Government who believes strongly in the Voice, seeing it as an agent for effective representation of First Nations Australians in Parliament.

Wajarri Yamaji man Anthony Dann spoke about the 1967 referendum, a vote that First Nations could not participate in and urged non-Indigenous people to consider that momentous event when they voted.

Poet Nola Gregory shared her words of wisdom and Malcolm Walalgie and his band Karloo Rockers provided the entertainment at the BBQ that was held to conclude the event.

Mr Rootes said” “Today we walked together in support of a better Australia. This is our time to cut through the noise and misinformation — our chance to show the country just how positive and unifying this moment can be.”

Support for the movement has seen more than 30,000 volunteers assemble across the country for a referendum the organisation say “is 65,000 years in the making”.

Warren Mundine and Northern Territory senator Jacinta Nampijinpa Price have become the face of the No vote on a national scale, but locally the absence of public campaigners opposing the Voice is noticeable.

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