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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has responded cautiously to the Uluru statement calling for Australia to move toward a treaty with its Indigenous peoples.

On Friday the Referendum Council convention at Mutitjulu in the Northern Territory rejected the campaign for minimalist constitutional recognition and announced their intent to to work toward Makarrata, a Yolngu word used to refer to treaty. Speaking at the National Reconciliation Week luncheon on Saturday, Turnbull warned that for any referendum to succeed, “a constitutionally conservative nation must be persuaded that the proposed amendments respect the fundamental values of the constitution”.

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Alex McKinnon, The Saturday Paper