Coalition says it will support Indigenous recognition

Coalition says it will support Indigenous recognition

Shadow Treasurer Joe Hockey says bipartisan support for Indigenous recognition in the constitution has been Government policy for years.

The comments follow a statement by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in which he has accused the Opposition of dragging its feet on the issue.

Opposition leader Tony Abbott is accusing Mr Rudd of playing politics with Indigenous affairs, and the opposition has promised a draft constitutional amendment if elected.

Mr Hockey says Mr Abbott has not only sought bipartisan support, but also to speed up the process for Indigenous recognition.

He says the Liberal Party committed to a referendum in 2007 for Constitutional recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islanders, and has always offered bipartisan support.

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