Indige­nous body a non-starter

Shepparton News - - NATIONALNEWS -

The idea of a First Na­tions Peo­ple body, ef­fec­tively a third house of par­lia­ment, was never go­ing to hap­pen, Attorney Gen­eral Ge­orge Bran­dis has in­sisted.

A con­sti­tu­tion­ally-en­shrined indige­nous voice to par­lia­ment, a key rec­om­men­da­tion of May’s Uluru indige­nous sum­mit — was re­jected by the Federal Gov­ern­ment last week.

‘‘I have no con­fi­dence that such a rad­i­cal pro­posal, if put to the peo­ple at a ref­er­en­dum, would have passed. I am sure it wouldn’t have passed,’’ Mr Bran­dis said.

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