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Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Page: 1015


Senator McGRATH (QueenslandAssistant Minister to the Prime Minister) (16:04): I seek leave to make a short statement.

The PRESIDENT: Leave is granted for one minute.

Senator McGRATH: The coalition government has committed to do things with Indigenous Australians. Part of that commitment is working with stakeholders such as those involved in the Redfern alliance, led by the National Congress. The government does not support this motion, as it seeks to commit us to the Redfern alliance engagement approach and framework. This framework is the subject of ongoing discussions with the National Congress. The Minister for Indigenous Affairs has spoken to the chair of the National Congress, who was not aware of this motion, and the government will continue working with Congress, rather than supporting this motion.

Question agreed to.