Federal election 2022
- Labor would compromise to get an Indigenous Voice in the constitution
- Peter Dutton issues rallying cry to moderates and conservatives
- This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Labor would compromise to get an Indigenous Voice in the constitution
Australia’s incoming Aboriginal affairs minister has pledged to seek cross-parliamentary consensus on the establishment of an Indigenous Voice in the constitution despite a potential stoush with the Greens, who believe a treaty and truth-telling should be the priority.
While the Greens and Labor agree that the Voice should be constitutionally guaranteed, they differ over important details, including the sequence in which the policy is enacted.
Linda Burney, Australia’s first Indigenous woman to become Aboriginal affairs minister.Credit:Brook Mitchell
The Greens disagree with the position in the Uluru Statement from the Heart that change should start with the Voice, followed by a treaty and a truth-telling commission. These disagreements have raised fears that Labor’s key policy could be blocked in the parliament.
Linda Burney, who is expected to be sworn in to the Aboriginal affairs portfolio next week, told The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald that Labor could explore the potential of working on all three elements of the sequence set forth in the Uluru Statement simultaneously to achieve a consensus with members of the crossbench.
“Everything is on the table,” Burney says.
Read the full story here.
Peter Dutton issues rallying cry to moderates and conservatives
Peter Dutton has issued a rallying cry to a devastated Liberal Party, promising to bring together moderate and conservative wings fractured by the election loss and vowing to take the fight to Labor on the economy.
Dutton formally confirmed on Wednesday that he will stand for the leadership of the Liberals as he warned “things are going to be tough under Labor – higher interest rates, cost of living, inflation and electricity prices”.
Sussan Ley and Peter Dutton.
“Labor talked a big game on the economy. They now have to deliver and we will hold them to account,” he said in a statement.
Liberal MP for NSW Sussan Ley is the front-runner to be Dutton’s deputy, ahead of senators Jane Hume and Anne Ruston, while Angus Taylor and Stuart Robert are positioning for the treasury portfolio.
But Dutton and his team will have a mountain to climb, with the election of Labor’s James Scullin in 1929 the last time a major party served just one term on the government benches.
More on the Liberal leadership here.
This morning’s headlines at a glance
Good morning and thanks for your company.
It’s Thursday, May 26. I’m Broede Carmody and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.
Here’s what you need to know before we get started.
- Today marks the fifth anniversary of the Uluru Statement of the Heart. Labor has already committed to the statement, which calls for a First Nations “voice” in parliament. However, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has not given an exact timeline. The PM landed back in Canberra last night after a whirlwind trip to Japan.
- Outgoing defence minister Peter Dutton, who is expected to run for the Liberal leadership unopposed, has promised to unite the moderate and conservative wings of his party. James Massola writes that Liberal MP for NSW Sussan Ley is the front-runner to be Dutton’s deputy, ahead of senators Jane Hume and Anne Ruston.
- And in other news, Scott Morrison is due to appear on Sydney radio station 2GB this morning in what will be his first interview after losing the prime ministership. And Foreign Minister Penny Wong is travelling to Fiji today on her first solo trip as part of the Albanese government.
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