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Peter Dutton looking to 'restrict the damage' of high court Indigenous decision – politics live | Australia news


I’m with the chief justice. This is a decision of the high court – as people will know it was four [justices] to three, a fairly split decision. The chief justice has made some very good points. The attorney general and our general counsel are having a look at it at the moment. There are significant repercussions. It essentially creates another class of people, which I think is a very bad thing. Obviously we have to adhere to the law, they’ve interpreted the constitution. But for us it makes it harder: there may be other areas, particularly around citizenship or claims that people will now make, and no doubt lawyers will seek to exploit that. We’ll wait for legal advice about our options to legislate where we can and try to restrict the damage.

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