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Members of the Referendum Council have claimed Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull was “deceitful” in privately encouraging them to explore establishing an Indigenous advisory body.

In Question Time yesterday, Turnbull said he told the Council in November 2016 that “I thought the prospects of such an amendment to the constitution being successful were absolutely zero”. However, Cape York lawyer Noel Pearson said Turnbull encouraged the Council to “undertake a disingenuous process of pretending to consult with the public” on a proposal he had no intention of approving. In a letter co-signed with opposition leader Bill Shorten and sent in December 2016, Turnbull recommended to the Council that “all models should be equally tested with the community”.

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