In an interview with ABC on Friday morning, Dodson said: “The detail will be worked out when it’s ready. This is a process of consultation, of collaboration. There are a lot of moving parts to it. It’s not like putting the car in the garage and expecting , that the mechanic fixes it overnight.”
Dodson did not advance legislation without a referendum, which he described as “the first step.”
Asked about Indigenous critics by the Voice, such as Country Liberal senator Jacinta Price or Greens senator Lidia Thorpe, who have called the referendum a “waste of time”Dodson said “there was no real difference” in their goals, but noted that the disputes “were not helpful in reconciling the nation”.
There is growing unease among some supporters that not enough is being done to address criticism of the scale of the vote to ensure that the final amendment is capable of securing broad support.
Burney released a statement after Dutton issued her criticism, saying she would “continue to reach out across Parliament to build consensus and support for this important nation-building project. The vote for Parliament is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the much-needed structural changes that will lead to improvements in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander lives.”
The Referendum Working Group will meet next week to discuss the next steps after its first meeting was canceled following the Queen’s death and the subsequent suspension of Parliament.
During a condolence motion in Parliament on Friday, Burney, a Wiradjuri woman who leads the Albanian government’s work with Voice, was one of several indigenous MPs and senators who spoke about the impact of British colonialism on Aboriginal people.
Burney said she grew up singing God save the queen in primary school, while she was not counted as Australian and was denied the same citizenship rights as her non-Indigenous peers.
Price used his speech in the House of Lords to talk about the connection between the famous painter Albert Namatjira and Queen Elizabeth, who admired his art, while defending the role of the British Empire in Australia’s history.
“This land mass we call home was never going to be left untouched by anyone other than our First People,” Price said. “We can be thankful that it was actually the British who settled here before any other possible colonists.”
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