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Queensland Liberals ditch support for treaty

The failed voice referendum has some states rethinking their path towards making treaties.

The failed voice referendum has some states rethinking their path towards making treaties. Photo: Getty

As political leaders grapple with the failed Indigenous voice referendum, the Queensland Premier concedes the path to treaty is a long way off.

The NSW Coalition has also weighed in, with Upper House MPs supporting a motion to rule out a state-based voice.

Queensland vowed to push ahead with its own plans after the national referendum was defeated.

But Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said a path to treaty would require bipartisan support after Liberal National Party leader David Crisafulli walked back on his commitment.

A snap Queensland Labor caucus meeting was being held on Thursday night over the path to treaty, following the Premier’s comments.

Crisafulli said he would no longer support a path to treaty after “one of the most divisive debates in my life”.

With votes still being counted, 69 per cent of Queensland voters opposed the constitutional change – the highest of any state or territory.

Crisafulli’s call comes after a vote in May to support a path to treaty that was set to examine Queensland’s colonial past through a truth-telling inquiry and First Nations Treaty Institute.

“When the LNP originally agreed to enabling legislation for the path to treaty we did so in good faith as a genuine effort to promote better outcomes for Indigenous Australians,” Crisafulli said.

“In the days since the referendum as I have travelled throughout the state it has become clear to me the path to treaty will only create further division.”

Palaszczuk said a Queensland treaty was a long way off.

“That would require bipartisan support,” the Premier said.

“The next stage is truth telling. That’s a three-to-four-year process.

“For effective reconciliation and path to treaty, that would require bipartisan support.”

–AAP
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