Minister Wyatt told ABC Radio today that he and Shadow Minister for Indigenous Affairs Linda Burney, would be working together to settle on an appropriate arrangement "that our people agree to, that the majority of Australians will accept and the majority of states and territories".
Post Minister Wyatt'saddress, NACCHO Chief Executive Officer, Ms Patricia Turner AM said, "Wewelcome Minister Wyatt's call to all Australians to join him on the journey toconstitutional recognition of Australia's First Nations peoples and support thecreation of a voice for Indigenous Australians to influence the AustralianParliament".
But he and the prime minister are not going to support a constitutionally enshrined indigenous voice to parliament as proposed in the Uluru Statement from the Heart.
Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt speaks at the National Press Club in Canberra, Australia on July 10, 2019.
The federal government has hosed down concerns within its own ranks that indigenous recognition in the constitution could pave the way for a so-called "third chamber" in the nation's parliament.
"We're not in favour of a third chamber or a separate voice", senior minister Peter Dutton told the Nine Network on Friday. The government rejected the proposal, insisting it would create a de facto third chamber in parliament.
"I will develop and bring forward a consensus option for constitutional recognition to be put to a referendum during the current parliamentary term", Wyatt said in a speech in Canberra.
Australians must return to the polls by 2022 after Prime Minister Scott Morrison's conservative coalition government was returned in a "miracle" election win in May.
"When a constitutional (referendum) fails, then it leaves an impact for our people, it will be a significant impact on the psyche".