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PM and Shorten to meet over referendum

AAP logoAAP 3/08/2016

The federal leaders are meeting to discuss the referendum to recognise indigenous people in the Australian constitution.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten will sit down in Sydney on Thursday for their first meeting since the election.

Mr Turnbull has said the government was committed to the change but he acknowledged it would only be successful if the final proposal was bipartisan and worded in an uncontroversial way.

Mr Shorten has flagged support for a treaty with indigenous people but Mr Turnbull has warned that may jeopardise the success of constitutional recognition.

Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion insists the government will consider a treaty if that's what indigenous people want.

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