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Ken Wyatt

Indigenous Australian politician

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Ken Wyatt: Indigenous Australian politician
Kenneth George Wyatt is an Australian politician who has been a member of the House of Representatives since 2010, representing the Division of Hasluck for the Liberal Party. He is the first Indigenous Australian elected to the House of Representatives, the first to serve as a government minister, and the first appointed to cabinet. Wyatt was appointed Minister for Aged Care and Minister for Indigenous Health in the Turnbull Government in January 2017, after previously serving as an assistant minister since September 2015. He was elevated to cabinet in May 2019 as Minister for Indigenous Australians in the Morrison Government.

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Indigenous voice report handed to minister Ken Wyatt after criticism of 'flawed' process

Federal government minister Ken Wyatt has been handed an interim report on a Voice for Indigenous Australians after many months of co-design meetings.
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Indigenous voice report handed to minister

Federal government minister Ken Wyatt has been handed an interim report on a Voice for Indigenous Australians after many months of co-design meetings.
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Watch: Close the gap agreement announcement

Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt are speaking live with an announcement about a new Close the Gap agreement.
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Australians will soon have their say on an Indigenous Voice to government

Australians will be able to have their say on an indigenous voice to government by the end of the year, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says.
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New Indigenous advisory body to give remote communities a say

Ken Wyatt wants Indigenous communities in regional areas to have a bigger say on decisions that affect them.
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Ken Wyatt says improving Indigenous Australians' daily lives is more important than constitutional recognition

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt says he's more focused on making the daily lives of Indigenous Australians better rather than constitutional recognition.
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Indigenous Australians Minister dismisses call for Aboriginal identity register

A call from a prominent Indigenous business leader to develop a national database of Indigenous heritage has been rejected by Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt.
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'Not us versus them': Ken Wyatt says all students can benefit from Indigenous languages, history

Schools should acknowledge pre-colonial history, massacres, loss of culture and the entrenched disadvantage caused by government policies, minister says.
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'Time for compassion': Minister calls for calm over fatal NT police shooting

Minister for Indigenous Australians Ken Wyatt flew to Alice Springs on Thursday as anger grew over the police shooting of a young Aboriginal man.
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'Long-lasting change': Indigenous Voice to Government leaders meet

The senior advisory group appointed by Ken Wyatt to co-design the Indigenous voice to Government has held its first meeting in Canberra.
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Indigenous Australians are struggling to fill in Centrelink forms, Ken Wyatt says

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says there are increasing reports some Indigenous people are not claiming income support due to low literacy levels.
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Literacy 'an issue' in Aboriginal welfare

Some Aboriginal people's literacy skills were so poor they were not claiming social security benefits, Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt said.
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'We have to do this properly': Ken Wyatt defends Coalition's plan for a 'voice to government'

Ken Wyatt has rejected the idea the Coalition's 'voice to government' for Indigenous Australians goes against community demands for constitutional recognition.
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Ken Wyatt defends 'voice to government' as Marcia Langton and Tom Calman named leaders of advisory group

Ken Wyatt has rejected the idea the Coalition's 'voice to government' for Indigenous Australians goes against community demands for constitutional recognition.
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Ken Wyatt vows voice to Parliament will place Indigenous Australians at 'centre of decision making'

Two prominent Australians have been appointed to lead talks on ways to provide an Indigenous voice to governments at all levels.
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Outline for an Indigenous voice to parliament due next week

Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt will release details of a co-design process for a voice to federal parliament next week.
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Don't silence our Voice, minister: Uluru leaders condemn backward step

After years of building consensus for a Voice to Parliament, Indigenous leaders say Aboriginal minister Ken Wyatt is backtracking on First Australians' hopes.
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Lessons from Vincent Lingiari: a Voice is worth fighting for

Ken Wyatt has ruled out a constitutionally enshrined First Nations' Voice, but without it Aboriginal people won't be heard.
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Don't give-up on PM over 'voice': Wyatt

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt believes Scott Morrison is still willing to listen over the issue of an indigenous "voice' in the federal parliament.
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Ken Wyatt 'gauging support' in government for Indigenous recognition

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt says he was consulting fellow MPs to gauge their support for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal people.
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Ken Wyatt, a man in the crosshairs of history

The Minister for Indigenous Australians is attempting to defy history - again. It's looking like a forlorn hope, but he's invoking the triumph of 1967.
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Most voters support indigenous recognition

Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt has reassured coalition MPs that indigenous recognition in the constitution won't mean a third chamber in parliament.
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Fed govt backs away from 3rd chamber

Indigenous Affairs Minister Ken Wyatt has reassured coalition MPs that indigenous recognition in the constitution won't mean a third chamber in parliament.
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Ken Wyatt urged to 'stand strong’ on Indigenous voice after pressure from Coalition MPs

Indigenous advocates for a voice to parliament have urged Ken Wyatt not to give in to pressure from his conservative colleagues.
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One giant leap for Indigenous Australia, but let's be clear about the Voice

An Indigenous lawyer and human rights activist welcomes Ken Wyatt's pledge for a referendum for constitutional recognition, but she says there is a way to go.
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Walk with me, Australia: Ken Wyatt's historic pledge for Indigenous recognition

A speech by the first Aboriginal Minister for Indigenous Australians, committing to a referendum on constitutional recognition of the nation's First Peoples.
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Government to hold referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition within three years

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt is preparing to hold a referendum on Indigenous constitutional recognition in this parliamentary term.
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Indigenous referendum within three years

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt will make his first major speech at Canberra's Press Club since becoming the first Aboriginal person to hold the role.
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Minister to reveal 'indigenous voice' plan

Indigenous Australians Minister Ken Wyatt will make his first major speech at Canberra's Press Club since becoming the first Aboriginal person to hold the role.
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Ken Wyatt lays out his strategy to bring an Indigenous voice to Australia's parliament

In a NAIDOC Week interview with SBS News, the first Indigenous person appointed Minister for Indigenous Australians says the Coalition is committed to exploring steps towards a referendum.
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