Indigenous Voice to Parliament proponent, Thomas Mayo, has called for Australia to bring in stringent censorship measures for social media platforms.
Speaking on ABC Radio, Mayo criticised the No campaign's success online following the referendum's failure. With a resounding 60.4% rejecting the proposal, Mayo lamented the No campaign's 'fearmongering' strategies, going as far to call out the mainstream media for not doing enough to report on what he claims is 'misinformation'.
In a worrying sign for free speech advocates, Mayo's concerns appear to align with the Federal government's misinformation bill, aiming to empower the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) against what it views as 'false' content.
No campaign strategists, like Advance's executive director Matthew Sheahan, anticipated the Yes camp's shift towards supporting the bill, indicating a potential legal battleground.
Emphasising the referendum's defeat as a national embarrassment, Mayo urged Australia to 'confront systemic issues' faced by First Nations people.
Expressing his disappointment in the rejection, he called for the establishment of an independent advisory body to bridge the gap. His remarks echoed Indigenous leaders' sentiments, denouncing the referendum outcome as a 'shameful act'.