Tony Abbott ‘not retiring’ and calls Peter Dutton a ‘reluctant challenger’ | Australia news | The Guardian

Former prime minister Tony Abbott

Insulting Indigenous Australia. If he’d been made special envoy to women there’d be an out cry. What about special envoy to the Muslim Community. What would that have done. This no step to Reconciliation at all. Let’s face it Indigenous Australia requested a special council established of their democratic choosing and were refused recognition. Instead they have been appointed Abbott. (ODT)

Labor’s shadow Indigenous affairs minister, Pat Dodson, said that Abbott had a track record that shows he is “ignorant, hopeless and frankly offensive” on Indigenous issues.

“The suggestion that Tony Abbott could act as some kind of messenger or representative for First Nations people is condescending to the overwhelming number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people who support the calls for a voice to parliament and a Makarrata commission to oversee truth-telling and agreement-making – both of which Mr Abbott has not supported.”

 Tony Abbott ‘not retiring’ and calls Peter Dutton a ‘reluctant challenger’ | Australia news | The Guardian

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