Skip to content

Referendum Outcomes and Analyses

According to AEC (AEC Tally Room):

  • Nationally the referendum was defeated: 60.06% NO to 39.94% YES. Furthermore, none of the six States attained a majority YES vote.
  • South Australians voted 64.17% NO to 35.83% YES.
  • Electorate of Adelaide voted 50.66% NO to 49.34% YES
  • City of Unley voted 43.73% NO to 56.26% YES Results from each of the polling booths in the City of Unley have been extracted from the AEC Tally Room website and tallied in the table below:

On one hand the results look heartening for the efforts of The Unley Uluru Statement from the Heart Support Group, but it is very difficult to measure how much the efforts of our group influenced the vote in the City of Unley. Pre-polling efforts by our group included community information sessions, door knocking, leaflet dropping, Together Yes conversation groups and special events.

Overall, the Yes Vote in South Australia was extremely disappointing with less than 50% polling YES in all ten Commonwealth Electoral Divisions in the State. However, the silverlining for The Unley Uluru Statement from the Heart Support Group is that the three electorates that overlap with the City of Unley region returned the highest proportion of YES votes in SA – refer to the table below. Data in this table was extracted from the AEC Tally Room website.

The ANU Centre for Social Research and Methods completed a detailed Analysis of the Referendum Results that can be viewed in the Pdf document below, published on 28th November 2023.

The ANU analysis cites that, “Electoral Divisions with a higher per cent of the (2021 Census) population identified as being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander had a lower per cent of yes votes. This reflects the voting patterns of the non-Indigenous population in those divisions, who make up the vast majority of almost all the divisions in Australia.” What the analysis does not mention is that individual polling booths across northern Australia, located in areas where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders numbered more than 50% of the local population, returned some of the highest rates of YES votes – please refer to the next table. This table has been compiled from data on the AEC Tally Room website. An article published in The Guardian in October had identified polling booths where Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait islander People numbered more than 50% of the population as at the 2021 Census.

Of particular note is the Commonwealth Electorate of Lingiari (all of Northern Territory except for Darwin and Palmerston) where No vote outnumbered Yes 56.46% to 43.54%; but as per the table below 24 polling booths in Lingiari returned overwhelming Yes votes, with 10 of those polling booths voting more than 79% in favour of The Voice to Parliament.