Indigenous Liberal MP says there would be unintended consequences if the new body was written into constitution

Liberal Ken Wyatt says a new Indigenous representative voice to parliament would probably be better enshrined in legislation rather than the constitution, and has predicted the resolution of the long-running debate about recognition will now fall outside the current term of parliament.

Wyatt, the only Indigenous Liberal MP in the parliament, said on Thursday the landmark change proposed by the prime minister’s Referendum Council – that an Indigenous representative voice be enshrined in the constitution – would have to go out for consultation with all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, because it was an entirely new concept in the recognition debate.

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