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Greens' call for PM to rethink disappointing rejection of a First Nations Peoples voice to Parliament

The Australian Greens have described the Prime Minister’s latest rejection of constitutional reform for a First Nations Peoples voice to Parliament as “deeply disappointing”.

“I have spent days at Garma hearing from inspiring speakers and talking to people. The message couldn't be clearer: there is strong support for the Voice and for constitutional reform,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Issues said.

“It is insulting for the PM to once again reject reform out-of-hand when the community's position is so clear.

“The ongoing process of consultation and deliberation through the Joint Parliament Committee on Constitution Recognition clearly demonstrates the community's support.

"The Committee has just released it’s interim report, articulating the community’s support for the concept of the Voice and posing a list of questions for further feedback. The consultation and conversations taking place are positive, encouraging and inclusive.

"The Prime Minister is showing absolute disrespect to the community, and in particular to First Nations Peoples by doubling-down on his rejection of constitutional reform. I urge him to reconsider.”

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