Linda Burney insists ‘there is no division’ with Indigenous voice working group yet to finalise advice

With group to meet again, timetable leaves only a few days for advice to be considered before cabinet meetingFollow our Australia news live blog for the latest updatesGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastFederal cabinet will have only a few days to consider crucial advice on the voice to parliament from the government’s internal group of Indigenous leaders, with one key member saying both sides may have to “compromise” on the wording of the referendum question and constitutional amendment.The government’s commitment to introduce legislation for the constitutional amendment in the coming fortnight has been complicated by its referendum working group not yet finalising its advice on key details. But ahead of further meetings next week in Canberra, the Indigenous Australians minister, Linda Burney, rebuffed speculation about disagreement in the working group.Sign

Experts say data points to early signs of a new wave but, given level of immunity, is not expected to be as severe as in the pastGet our morning and afternoon news emails, free app or daily news podcastNew South Wales is experiencing a rise in Covid-19 cases, with one expert warning the data indicates early signs of a new wave with a “patchwork quilt” of variants.NSW Health recorded 8,032 Covid cases in the week to Saturday, an increase of 9.2% from the previous week.Sign

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