Something very unpleasant is happening with Malcolm Turnbull's opposition to the Uluru Statement -- almost as if the Prime Minister is intent on giving credence to suggestions he is dogwhistling on the issue.

Yesterday, speaking at a press conference with Jacinda Ardern, Turnbull repeated and re-emphasised the language he used in rejecting the Uluru Statement proposal for an Indigenous voice recognised in the constitution. “To have a national representative assembly, which is what we’re talking about here, which would be in the Constitution, and to which only Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders could be elected, is contrary to the principles of equality, of citizenship in Australia and it would inevitably be seen as a ‘third chamber'."