As some of the details of the proposed Indigenous voice to parliament are still being finalised, the ability to advise both parliament and the executive government is set in stone, according to the attorney-general.
Some detractors have expressed their concerns that the ability to advise government will be watered down in order to gain opposition support.
Speaking on ABC Radio on Tuesday, attorney-general Mark Dreyfus confirmed the government still intended to stay in line with the Uluru statement.
Dreyfus said while there still needs to be further discussions with constitutional lawyers about any potential legal ramifications, the process should go over smoothly.
“People have been litigating questions about our constitution since federation. Possible constitutional litigation, I don’t think (it) should deter anyone,” he said.
The bill outlining the wording is set to reach parliament by late March, with the process being finalised in June once parliamentary committees have been given times to report back.
The federal government has flagged that the referendum is expected to be held between October and December.
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