Nigel Scullion and Pat Dodson clash over Indigenous voice to parliament – video

The Guardian - 04-05


An argument has erupted in Senate estimates between the Indigenous affairs minister, Nigel Scullion, and Labor senator Pat Dodson over the allocation of $7.3m for a co-design of a voice to parliament. A perplexed Dodson queried if the government had changed its mind, citing the prime minister Scott Morrison’s rejection of a First Nations voice to parliament. ‘I don’t accept that I or anyone else has changed their mind, Ssnator,’ Scullion replied. Over the course of about 15 minutes, Dodson contended that the will of First Nations’ peoples had already been communicated quite clearly to the government – that is ‘to entrench the voice in the constitution’ – but Scullion said that wasn’t the case and the money in the budget was to start ‘a consultation process that identified what people wanted’.