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Dutton blasted over second referendum plan



Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has reiterated his bold pledge to hold a second referendum on constitutional recognition for Indigenous Australians if next month's Voice to parliament vote is defeated, but was criticised for offering scant details.

He was quizzed on Today this morning about his promise to hold a second vote if the October 14 referendum on setting up a national advisory body is rejected and the Coalition wins power at the next election.

Dutton insisted the Coalition's proposal of having Indigenous Australians recognised in the Constitution could win a majority of support among voters.

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"They don't want the Voice. They do want constitutional recognition. But they don't want the Voice in the Constitution," he said.

Dutton has been a leading figure in the campaign against enshrining a Voice to parliament in the Constitution, saying it would interfere with the processes of government and do little to improve the lives of regional and remote Indigenous Australians.

He and other critics say the federal government's Voice proposal lacks detail for voters.

Dutton said there was now enough support in Australia to make his proposed constitutional change work.

"I think you can work together as a Parliament to come up with a form of words … I think now the public is ready for recognition, whereas 10 years ago, they weren't."

But Independent Senator Jacqui Lambie speaking on Today said the Opposition Leader's had made a misjudgment.

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She fired back with his oft-quoted remarks about scarce detail.

"I say to Peter Dutton: where's the detail … You gobbed off, where's the detail? You gobbed off, where's the detail, how you're gonna run this?"

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese has described the Voice to parliament as an advisory committee chosen by Indigenous people and said it won't hold any direct veto power over parliament, but he hasn't specified how the committee would be elected.

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