Advice from the nation’s top lawyer on the wording of the proposed change to the constitution for the Indigenous voice to parliament will not be released.
Voice referendum advice won’t be released
Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus says the solicitor-general’s advice supports the wording of the proposed change to the constitution on the Indigenous voice to parliament referendum, but is refusing to publicly release it.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese last week revealed the question to be put to voters – between October and December – and the new section of the constitution outlining how the voice will work.
Repeatedly pressed on whether the advice supported the wording, Mr Dreyfus in response said “it does support the wording” and that it was not the practice of Australian governments to produce advice.
“We’re confident that where we’ve got to is constitutionally sound, it’s the right thing for Australia,” he told the ABC on Sunday.