In­dige­nous con­sti­tu­tion hope at risk

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

IN­DIGE­NOUS lead­ers have warned that a dou­ble-dis­so­lu­tion elec­tion poses a grave threat to hopes of hit­ting a May 27, 2017, dead­line for a ref­er­en­dum on con­sti­tu­tional recog­ni­tion.

In­dige­nous Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil head War­ren Mun­dine, La­bor sen­a­tor Nova Peris and Na­tional Congress of First Peo­ples chief ex­ec­u­tive Ge­off Scott said yes­ter­day the dis­trac­tion of an elec­tion cam­paign posed a big hur­dle for the Ref­er­en­dum Coun­cil’s timetable.

Mr Mun­dine said that, given the slow start made by the coun­cil, ap­pointed four months ago by Mal­colm Turn­bull and Bill Shorten, but with lit­tle to show pub­licly for its ef­forts, it was “prob­a­bly un­re­al­is­tic” for it to meet its June 30 re­port­ing dead­line.

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