"The recent open letter to the prime minister and parliamentarians broke the
week-long silence from Indigenous leaders after the country rejected the
proposed First Nations Voice to Parliament. The letter emphasised the damage
caused by the “lies in political advertising and communication” prevalent in
the recent campaign.
Many outlets have documented these lies, including RMIT CrossCheck.
The immediate consequences of these campaign messages have been profoundly
damaging. There have been reports of rising racism, with Indigenous-led mental
health helpline 13 YARN receiving an 108% increase of Indigenous people
reporting racism, abuse and trauma – mostly in August and September, during the
run-up to the October 14 referendum.
The federal government has proposed to introduce legislation to address the
risks of political misinformation.
However, the Voice to Parliament is not the first time we have seen this kind
of misinformation. And there are greater risks arising from political
misinformation beyond politicians lying and misleading voters about their
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Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics