The doctored image features Linda Burney (pictured) and Zoe Daniel.
The doctored image features Linda Burney (pictured) and Zoe Daniel with supporters. Image by Rob Blakers/AAP PHOTOS

Doctored image burns Burney on voice support

Kate Atkinson April 27, 2023

Linda Burney and Zoe Daniel were pictured with ‘no’ voice to parliament posters.


False. The image has been altered.

Social media posts claim to show Indigenous Australians Minister Linda Burney and independent MP Zoe Daniel campaigning against the proposed Aboriginal and Torres Strait voice to parliament.

The posts feature an image (archived here) of the politicians standing in front of a group of people holding signs that depict the colours of the Aboriginal flag and the word “NO”.

Doctored voice poster
 Whoever edited the picture failed to cover all the original posters.  

One Facebook user shared the image alongside the caption: “If unsure or undecided think of your fellow Aussies and vote NO… So it’s a definite NO, NO from me..”

However, the image is obviously digitally edited. The ‘no’ signs have been added to cover posters in support of the voice to parliament. 

The original photograph was shared (below) by Ms Burney on social media (see here, here and here) on February 25. It shows the minister with Ms Daniel at an event in the latter’s Goldstein electorate in support of the referendum ‘yes’ campaign. Ms Daniel also shared a photograph taken at the event on Instagram here

Some of the original posters are still visible in the background of the shoddily altered image. A woman with brown hair to the right of the group is holding a poster with the words ‘Yes’ and ‘First Nations Voice’ which can be found here accessed via the Yes23 campaign website. Another woman sitting in front can be seen holding a poster with the logo of the Together, Yes campaign. 

The fake photo has been shared widely on social media, with examples seen here, here, here, here, here and here. The earliest example AAP FactCheck could find was from a post on February 27

AAP FactCheck has previously addressed claims about the voice to parliament here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

The Verdict

The claim that Minister for Indigenous Australians Linda Burney and Independent MP Zoe Daniel were pictured campaigning against the Aboriginal and Torres Strait voice to parliament is false. 

The photo is a fake and has been digitally altered. The original photograph was taken on February 25 at a Goldstein electorate event in support of the voice to parliament ‘yes’ campaign.  

False – The claim is inaccurate.

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