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Yes campaign nudges ahead in South Australia – poll

The yes vote has nudged ahead in the crucial battleground of South Australia, a poll claims today, as Anthony Albanese prepares to launch the official campaign in Adelaide.

With the eyes of the nation on the state, the survey of 605 people commissioned by the Australia Institute in the first week of August, found 43% of South Australians supported the voice, while 39% said they planned to vote no, the Adelaide Advertiser reports.

Around 18% were undecided, the Advertiser reports, but when asked how they were leaning those undecided voters split down the middle meaning that yes has an overall 52-48 advantage based on the poll.

The results also showed a huge generational gulf in voting intentions as well. It said 81% of people aged 18 to 29 “were either a hard or soft yes, while two in three people aged 60 or over were leaning or decided on no”.

With yes thought to be ahead in New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania, it needs to win in South Australia because a referendum has to carry four out of six states. Western Australia and Queensland are expected to vote no.


Martin Farrer

Good morning and thanks for joining us for our rolling news coverage. I’m Martin Farrer and I’m going to bring you a couple of our top stories this morning before Emily Wind takes the lead.

The big news event today will come when Anthony Albanese announces the date of the voice referendum at a rally in Adelaide at around midday. The date is expected to be 14 October. Our lead story this morning is a warning from the leading Indigenous advocate, Prof Megan Davis, who says Australia’s future can be “backward-looking, negative, pessimistic” by voting no, or “positive and forward-looking” with a yes vote. We have a full report, and we have news coming up of a poll showing yes ahead in that crucial South Australia race.

First-generation migrants from China believe Australian media reporting has fuelled unfriendly or suspicious attitudes towards them, new research shows. The report, published by the University of Technology Sydney, explores the hopes and fears of members of Chinese-Australian communities, including a parent whose child came home from school asking: “Mum, is China going to invade us?” It comes as Meta shut down nearly 9,000 Facebook and Instagram accounts associated with a Chinese political spam network that had targeted users in Australia.

The government has been accused of a “cult of secrecy” after refusing to release a secret report on how the climate crisis will fuel national security threats, or saying when it was completed. Anthony Albanese ordered the Office of National Intelligence last year to investigate national security threats posed by global heating, in line with an election promise. But the government has refused to release the assessment, prompting derision from senators David Shoebridge and David Pocock.

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