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INDIGENOUS VOICE TO GOVERNMENT ON HOLD FOR NOW

An Indigenous voice to government is likely to be delayed until after the next federal election, with the Government refusing to commit to making an attempt to legislate during this term. The Government’s reluctance to agree to a timeline on the voice, despite Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt previously saying it would be put to parliament this term. Asked if he would present legislation on the voice in this term of parliament, Mr Morrison said: “We will just continue to take the next step and the next step and the next step.” The advisory group co-designing the voice, led by professors Marcia Langton and Tom Calma, gave its final report to the government last month. Mr Wyatt said he did not want a timeline to “detract from the importance of a voice”.

“The advice that I have received from all people who are involved in all of the forums was to be methodical and make sure we get it totally right,” Mr Wyatt said. “As Aboriginal people we want to get this right. We want it firm. We don’t want to see the history of bodies being created and undone.” Opposition Indigenous Australians spokeswoman Linda Burney said the government was failing to show leadership on the issue. Labor is committed to a referendum on a constitutionally enshrined voice within the first term of an Albanese government. “The government doesn’t have a hope of even legislating this term,” Ms Burney said. “Minister Wyatt has enormous problems in the Coalition party room about a legislated model, let alone one that is constitutionally enshrined. It is a lack of leadership and a lack of commitment.” Ms Burney said.

Source: Compiled by APN from media reports