Cape York leader Noel Pearson says, “There’s no reconciliation and recognition under this Prime Minister,” after Cabinet rejected a proposal for an Indigenous voice to Parliament to be enshrined in the constitution.

Indigenous leaders at the Uluru convention in May had called for an advisory body to be enshrined in the constitution.

“There could’ve been a way to say ‘no’ to this without all of the egregious dog-whistling that is present in the PM’s press release,” Mr Pearson told RN Drive.

“The reality is that after today, we’ll need a new Prime Minister. Indigenous recognition will need a new PM if it’s ever to come to fruition,” Mr Pearson said.