Tony Abbott ‘very much in favour’ of recognising Indigenous people in Constitution

Former prime minister Tony Abbott says he would be “very much in favour” of recognising Indigenous people in Australia’s Constitution.

“I certainly think a very good case, a very compelling case, can be made for constitutional recognition but it’s got to be the right recognition,” he told Sky News host Paul Murray.

“And to me, the right recognition would be something like inserting in the preamble after the words ‘one indissoluble federal commonwealth’.

“Something like this: ‘With an Indigenous heritage, a British foundation and an immigrant character’, because all these three things are undoubtedly true.”