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Greens express concern with Minister Wyatt’s direction on Voice and Constitutional Recognition

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Rachel Siewert 20 Aug 2019

The Australian Greens have expressed deep concern on Minister Wyatt’s comments regarding the movement away from a constitutionally enshrined Voice to Parliament.
“It is clear from the First Nations Regional Dialogues and the Statement from the Heart that there is a lot of support for a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution,” Greens spokesperson on First Nations issues Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“The weak approach we are seeing right now on the Voice is watering down what the community have worked hard for and in fact demonstrates why a Voice should be constitutionally enshrined.

“Minister Wyatt committed the Government to a process of co-design between Government and First Nations peoples to determine the detail of the Voice yet he has already ruled out it being enshrined in the Constitution.

“We need to ensure the Free and Prior Informed Consent of First Nations peoples is upheld in the process of deciding what is taken to Referendum. The Government should not shutdown and limit the debate and discussion before the co-design process even begins.
“If we do go to a Referendum with a proposal that is not supported by First Nations peoples, it will be incredibly damaging and divisive for this country. It is very unlikely that a Referendum without the Voice would succeed."




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