The Voice referendum proposal was defeated on Saturday after the majority of Australians (about 60%) voted ‘no’.
The ACT was the only Australian jurisdiction where a majority of people voted ‘yes’.
The following analysis is from data made publicly available by the Australian Electoral Commission.
NSW – 60% No
The biggest ‘yes’ vote in NSW came from Sydney’s inner-city, Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and North Shore. These areas cover the city’s wealthiest suburbs and are also popular among young people.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s Inner West seat of Grayndler recorded a 74% ‘yes’ vote. However, Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney’s nearby seat of Barton returned a 56% ‘no’ vote.
The biggest ‘no’ votes were outside Sydney. This includes Parkes, a rural seat bordering QLD to its north and SA to its west, which returned a 79% ‘no’ vote.
Victoria – 55% No
Victoria had the lowest ‘no’ vote in the country at 55%.
The seat of Melbourne – an area including the University of Melbourne, Fitzroy, and Carlton – returned the highest ‘yes’ vote in Australia (77%).
Nearby seats, such as Kooyong and Cooper, also voted ‘yes’.
Victoria’s ‘no’ vote was strongest in regional areas, such as Mallee (79% ‘no’) and Gippsland (73% ‘no’).
Queensland – 69% No
Queensland had the highest proportion of ‘no’ votes in the country. About 90% of federal seats in Queensland voted against the referendum proposal.
Three federal seats in Queensland (all held by the Greens) voted ‘yes’. These are all in or around the Brisbane CBD, including the seat of Ryan, which encompasses the University of Queensland campus.
Other seats in southeast Queensland returned significant ‘no’ votes. This includes Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s seat of Dickson, where two-thirds of constituents voted ‘no’.
South Australia – 65% No
Not one South Australian electorate returned a majority ‘yes’ vote. The inner-city seat of Adelaide came closest, with 49% of ballots returning a ‘yes’ vote.
‘No’ votes were greatest in seats furthest from Adelaide. This includes the seat of Grey – a sparsely populated electorate covering the majority of SA – which tallied a 78% ‘no’ vote.
Other rural seats, such as Barker, also had strong ‘no’ votes.
Tasmania – 60% No
One of the referendum’s closest races was in the Tasmanian seat of Franklin, where 50.05% voted ‘yes’.
The seat of Clark returned the highest ‘yes’ vote in Tasmania (58%). This area encompasses Hobart and the University of Tasmania.
The seat of Braddon in the state’s northwest had the highest ‘no’ vote (73%).
Western Australia – 64% No
The seat of Perth, and the affluent Perth seat of Curtin, are the only areas of WA with a leading ‘yes’ vote.
Other Perth seats, such as Fremantle and Swan, recorded ‘yes’ votes between 40-50%.
Durack and O’Connor – rural seats each covering over one million square kilometres – both returned ‘no’ votes of over 72%.
Northern Territory – 61% No
The NT has the highest proportion of First Nations Australians in the country (30% of its total population). Remote polling data in the NT suggested Indigenous communities largely voted ‘yes’. A similar trend was observed in QLD.
However, both of the NT’s federal seats voted ‘no’. The ‘yes’ vote was higher in the seat of Lingiari (44%), a rural seat covering all of NT except for Darwin.
ACT – 61% Yes
All three of the ACT’s federal seats voted ‘yes’. All seats are held by Labor.
The greatest ‘yes’ vote was in the seat of Canberra (70%), which encompasses the Australian National University and the University of Canberra.
The seat of Bean, which covers the entire southern part of the ACT, had the lowest ‘yes’ vote (56%).