• Scott Morrison meets with Indigenous Advisory Council in Sydney (Twitter)Source: Twitter
The new special envoy was absent from the first meeting of the PM and his Indigenous Advisory Council.
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4 Oct 2018 - 3:25 PM  UPDATED 4 Oct 2018 - 3:32 PM

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has met with his Indigenous Advisory Council for the first time since becoming prime minister and controversially appointing Tony Abbott as the Indigenous envoy.

Mr Morrison told reporters on Thursday key discussion points were around school education and employment.

"We want to see more Indigenous Australians in work. I want to see more Indigenous children in school, I want to see more Indigenous families living in safe communities," he said. 

"That's my objective, because being safe, being healthy, going to school, getting a job, growing older with dignity and respect and having choices, I want that for all Australians, and that includes Indigenous Australians, of course." 

Mr Morrison's comments closely align with special envoy on Indigenous affairs Mr Abbott, who was unable to attend the meeting. 

Mr Abbott has pledged to overhaul Indigenous education with a strong focus on school attendance, saying there should be penalties for parents of children who miss school.

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According to the ABC, Mr Abbott will be meeting with the council on a separate occasion where they will raise their concerns on his appointment. 

It follows the council's letter to the prime minister demanding a meeting and clarification on Mr Abbott's role, saying they had never been briefed on his appointment. 

"He has started visiting remote communities in the NT. He probably wanted to do this first before catching up with the council," Council co-chair and NPY Women Council's chair Andrea Mason told the ABC. 

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The Indigenous Advisory Council says finding out about Tony Abbott being offered the special envoy role through the media wasn't respectful.

"He has reached out to talk with council and we are confirming a suitable time for this to happen. We mentioned in our letter to the PM that we wanted to discuss the role of special envoy," she said.

The 12-member council was appointed for its second term last year under then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull with a remit to advise government on practical changes to improve the lives of Indigenous Australians.

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