Labor Senator says greater focus on local and regional consultation is no replacement for a voice to parliament

Indigenous Australians will become more “pragmatic” in efforts to construct a voice to parliament after Malcolm Turnbull’s rejection of the proposal, Labor senator Pat Dodson has said.

Dodson and Liberal MP Julian Leeser, the co-chairs of the joint standing committee on Indigenous recognition, said the committee was considering models with a greater focus on local and regional consultation, but Dodson also warned they were no replacement for a voice to parliament.

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