As the Nationals signal they won’t be supporting the referendum for an Indigenous voice, groups and MPs are pushing back saying the decision is premature.
Nationals under fire over voice decision
Supporters of an Indigenous voice say a move by the Nationals to oppose a referendum will only make them fight harder for the constitutional change.
Nationals leader David Littleproud has declared the party will not back a proposal to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament.
The government has been calling for a referendum during this term of parliament to set up an Indigenous voice – one of the recommendations from the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Mr Littleproud says the government should instead be focused on empowering local Indigenous communities and taking practical action to close the wellbeing gap.