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The poll adds to political pain facing Anthony Albanese in the wake of the Voice.

Coalition edges out Labor amid Voice fallout

A new Roy Morgan poll has Peter Dutton’s Coalition leading the Albanese government for the first time since the 2022 election.

  • Tom McIlroy
A sign outside the NSW town of Wilcannia.

Voice leaders pen private letter of angst to Albanese

Voice advocates who disagreed with Sunday’s bruising open letter are preparing a separate response about the referendum’s defeat. 

  • Tom McIlroy
The broader community has very little interest in what corporate Australia has to say about anything.

Why business support for the Voice could prove costly

The Voice referendum has highlighted the scant regard that most Australians have for the opinions of the business community.

  • Karen Maley
High petrol prices are adding to cost of living pressures.

Voters were focused on cost of living, not Voice, survey reveals

Eight in 10 voters wanted the government focused on the cost of living at referendum time, while just one in 10 said the same of the Voice, the latest True Issues survey reveals.

  • Phillip Coorey
Indigenous leaders and the architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart broke their silence on Sunday night.

‘A shameful act’: Voice leaders break silence

In a bruising statement, Indigenous leaders have blamed “appalling and mean-spirited” decision-making for the defeat of this month’s referendum.

  • Tom McIlroy
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

10 long reads for the weekend

Welcome to the weekend. To start off your day, we’ve curated 10 great reads to enjoy.

Political leaders and parties urgently need to reconnect with voters on the economy and prosperity.

Vote yes for an aspirational Australian nation

The Voice referendum has once again shown traditional political parties unmoored from the electorate. That is a problem for our prosperity.

  • The AFR View
Peter Dutton has been pushing for a royal commission on the sexual abuse of Aboriginal children.

Amid Middle East war and Voice defeat, truth is first casualty

Global tensions frequently drive domestic resentments that are dangerously ripe for political division.

  • Laura Tingle
Daniel Osituyo, here with his children Sean, 4, and John, 2, voted Yes but says the referendum ended up causing division and could potentially damage Labor in his seat.

Liberals seek to follow No vote with Victorian push

MPs believe the Labor-held seat of McEwen could turn blue after 61 per cent of voters rejected the Voice in the referendum, but locals aren’t convinced.

  • Gus McCubbing
Chris Adam says Anthony Albanese needs to act now to turn around his chances at the next election.

NSW Libs learnt a lesson at the referendum – here’s how they’ll use it

The NSW Liberals are re-drawing a target seat list of the electorates they believe are now in play after the referendum

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  • Samantha Hutchinson
“It was all ridiculous,” says Dawn Wylie, an Earlwood resident and retired great-grandmother.

Albanese looks into the abyss after No vote

Suburban battlers are weakening Albanese’s political capital and potentially derailing his grand ambition to keep Labor in power for a generation.

  • Jacob Greber and Samantha Hutchinson
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese during a visit to a voting centre for the Indigenous Voice to parliament referendum, in inner-Sydney Balmain.

Why referendums fail in ‘world champion’ Australia

Compulsory voting, corporate support and celebrity backing all work against getting referendums over the line.

  • Michael Pelly
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese speaks after the defeat of the Voice referendum.

Dutton understands Labor voters better than Albanese

Coalition wins for the No vote from 2022 Labor two-party preferred voters were huge, and spread across what used to be safe ALP outer-suburban or provincial city seats.

  • John Black
People of ancient Herculaneum would have a few things to say about the Voice.

A funny thing happened on the way to the Vox Populi

The ancient scrolls and oracles foretold of the voice that was to come.

  • Rowan Dean
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney speak following the Voice referendum.

Voice loss heralds Labor’s third great split

Two earlier schisms divided the parliamentary party. This time it’s Labor MPs who have split from the people who vote for them.

  • John Roskam
AEC boss Tom Rogers

Election boss Tom Rogers on how social media changed democracy

The Australian Electoral Commissioner, fresh from delivering the Voice referendum, explains why taking risks and having a crack is the best career advice.

  • Ronald Mizen
Leading No campaigner Warren Mundine says voters need a break after the bruising referendum.

Mundine still wants second referendum after Voice defeat

No activisit and chairman of regional copper explorer Fuse Minerals says voters needed time to heal after the referendum campaign.

  • Tom Richardson and Tom McIlroy
Companies backing social causes such as the Voice to parliament need to better test the views of staff and customers before speaking out, according to a new survey.

Voice not ‘main game’ for ethical companies

Businesses backing social causes need to test the views of staff and customers and back up words with action, a survey has found.

  • John Kehoe
By Garma 2022, the Yes campaign had decided to sell a maximalist model as a modest one.

How a few lawyers turned Yes into No

Lawyers who tried to sell a maximalist Voice model as a modest one fell into abstraction, sophistry and legal fiction to do so.

  • Louise Clegg
Alan Landis waits for his 14-month-old granddaughter to come home from the war zone.

‘I was so worried’; evacuated Aussies touch down in Sydney

More than 200 evacuated Australians have landed in Sydney as foreign governments scramble to get their citizens out of the conflict zone and the US President readies to fly. Here’s how the day unfolded.

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  • Emma Connors and Maxim Shanahan