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PM urged to stop WA Libs indigenous motion

AAP logoAAP 2/08/2016

The prime minister has been asked to stop a motion against the constitutional recognition of indigenous Australians from going ahead at the forthcoming WA Liberals state conference.

The motion calls on the federal government to "oppose any changes to the Australian Constitution with respect to the recognition of Indigenous Australians".

"I would urge you to use your influence to avoid having this divisive motion tabled and debated at your party's state conference," WA opposition leader Mark McGowan said in a letter sent to Malcolm Turnbull on Monday.

"This motion goes against the national spirit towards reconciliation with Aboriginal people and shows a degree of intolerance incompatible with the tenets of a mainstream political party."

Asked about the motion on Sunday, Premier Colin Barnett said members of the party were free to bring forward any motion they wished and have it debated, and the outcome of any vote was not binding.

"It is not something that is run by government or government ministers or premiers of the day, and so I respect the right of people to express their views," Mr Barnett told reporters.

"But my view and the view of the government is that constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people should take place."

The conference will be held on August 13.

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