Nationals leader David Littleproud has announced the party will oppose Labor’s plans for an Indigenous Voice to parliament.
Mr Littleproud said the junior coalition partner made the decision because its members didn’t believe the Voice would close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage.
He made the announcement speaking alongside his Nationals team at Parliament House in Canberra after a party room meeting on Monday.
“We believe in empowering local Indigenous communities, giving them the power at a local level, not creating another layer of bureaucracy here in Canberra,” Mr Littleproud told reporters in Canberra on Monday.
Mr Littleproud said the party had consulted with architects of the Uluru Statement from the Heart Pat Anderson and Professor Megan Davis before making its decision.
Country Liberal Party senator for the Northern Territory Jacinta Nampijinpa Price, who sits in the Nationals party room, said she hoped the referendum on the Voice failed.
“It’s not racist to disagree with a proposal … that lacks detail and divides us on the lines of race,” Senator Price said.
“I hope the Voice is not successful.”
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