& # 39; He dived us & # 39 ;: Scott Morrison comes under fire after the prime minister was seen hurling a scarf during a netball game instead of attending a historic Uluru ceremony
- Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been beaten to attend the netball decider
- He was in Western Australia on Sunday instead of at the historic Uluru ceremony
- Mr. Morrison defended himself and said he couldn't be in two places at the same time
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has come under fire because he attended the decision-maker for the Constellation Cup instead of a historic Uluru ceremony.
Mr Morrison was seen on cell phone images and hurled an Australian Netball Diamonds scarf while the team defeated New Zealand in the decisive game.
His enthusiasm for the day was greeted with cheers from the audience.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison was caught on film swinging an Australian Netball Diamonds scarf on Sunday (photo) instead of going to a special ceremony in Uluru
However, his presence in Western Australia during the weekend meant that he was absent in Uluru because traditional owners were celebrating the introduction of the climbing ban.
Morrison was criticized by Labor Senator Pat Dodson for not attending the ceremony for missing an opportunity to emphasize the importance of the climbing ban for native Australians.
& # 39; He dived us, the Prime Minister, and that is a real insult to people who have and wear common law & # 39 ;, Senator Dodson told ABC.
Senator Dodson was one of the four Labor representatives present, including two other indigenous members, Linda Burney and Malarndirri McCarthy.
& # 39; I can't be in two places at the same time & # 39 ;, Morrison told reporters in Sydney on Monday.
Morrison acknowledged that the end of the ascent of Uluru was an important and timely change.
His presence in Western Australia (photo) during the weekend meant that he was absent in Uluru – which led to protest
& # 39; The tourism industry will naturally adapt and move on, and I think it will go from strength to strength. & # 39;
Environment Minister Sussan Ley attended Uluru as the sole representative of the federal government.
Worker Anthony Albanese was not present.
Meanwhile, Home Secretary Ken Wyatt hopes to reach political consensus on constitutional recognition and a vote in parliament.
Uluru had a special ceremony (photo) this weekend on the occasion of the last time someone could climb the rock
Mr Wyatt has asked Labor, One Nation, the Greens and independent politicians to join a new parliamentary working group on indigenous issues.
But the group is not a formal committee and will not have decision-making authority.
It does not report to the House of Representatives or the Senate.
& # 39; Achieving constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians, refreshing Closing the Gap, promoting an environment for telling the truth and ensuring that indigenous voices are heard by governments are all our priorities & # 39 ;, wrote the minister in his letter to the parties.
Worker Anthony Albanese was also not present at the ceremony (photo) at the weekend
& # 39; I look forward to working with you and all those in parliament to achieve long-term positive results for all indigenous Australians and our nation. & # 39;
The members of the group will be decided on Friday, prior to the first meeting scheduled for the last parliamentary term of the year.
Mr. Wyatt will lead the group and will be accompanied by seven government members, five Labor and two independents, along with one representative each from the Greens, One Nation and Center Alliance.
The minister will also outline plans for how a native vote in parliament would work in the coming days.
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