• Liberal MP Ken Wyatt says he's focused on retaining his marginal WA seat of Hasluck. (AAP)
It remains unclear who would replace outgoing Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion if the Coalition are re-elected.
By
Ella Archibald-Binge

Source:
NITV News
16 May 2019 - 11:55 AM  UPDATED 16 May 2019 - 11:55 AM

Liberal MP Ken Wyatt says he has not been approached to take on the role of Indigenous affairs minister under a re-elected Morrison government. 

The Prime Minister has resisted calls to name who would take up the position from outgoing Northern Territory Senator Nigel Scullion, despite confirming his picks for home affairs, defence, finance and treasury.

Mr Wyatt - who was appointed the first Minister for Indigenous Health in 2017 - says while he hasn't been approached "yet", he does have a "voice at the table" when it comes to First Nations issues.

"Certainly I contribute within the cabinet and ministry processes to the debates around Aboriginal affairs matters," he told The Point on Wednesday.

"Even though I’m not in the inner cabinet, I have been invited in by the Prime Minister to make comment on some very strategic and key initiatives."

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Mr Wyatt said his immediate focus was retaining his Western Australia seat of Hasluck, which he holds with a 2.1 per cent margin. 

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has promised to make WA Senator Pat Dodson the first Aboriginal person to be the Indigenous affairs minister if Labor win the election. 

Labor has also pledged to hold a referendum to enshrine an Indigenous voice to parliament in the Constitution within its first term. 

"What Labor would like to see is an Indigenous voice to the parliament replace [the Indigenous Advisory Council]," Labor MP Linda Burney told The Point. 

Mr Wyatt said the Coalition was "committed to having a way in which Aboriginal voices will be listened to and taken forward into thee thinking of government".

But Prime Minister Scott Morrison yesterday would not give a clear answer on whether the Coalition supports an Indigenous voice to parliament.

He also rejected claims the Coalition has not prioritised First Nations issues this election campaign, pointing to his policies on Indigenous education and youth suicide prevention.

"I've made it a priority," he said.

"It grieves my soul that young girls are killing themselves in remote Indigenous communities, and I will do everything I can to stop that."