Ken Wyatt says he’ll have to rethink his position if Peter Dutton becomes prime minister.Aged Care and Indigenous Health Minister Ken Wyatt says he will have to consider his position if Peter Dutton becomes prime minister, given he boycotted the apology to Aboriginal Australians.
The member for Hasluck, which is Western Australia’s most marginal seat, said if it got to the point of choosing a leader between Treasurer Scott Morrison and Mr Dutton, he would back Mr Morrison.
Mr Wyatt said the party room had reached a decision on Tuesday to back Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, yet some unhappy individuals “continued to work to undermine and change the circumstance”.
“I was disappointed when I discovered that he (Peter Dutton) had not supported the apology to the Stolen Generation,” Mr Wyatt told 6PR radio on Thursday.
“There was a handful who walked away from that vote and I was disappointed with them because the parliament was genuine and (then Prime Minister Kevin) Rudd was genuine in what he did, and it healed a lot of hurt.
“In serving, if it’s Peter Dutton then I would have to seriously think about my position.”
Mr Wyatt said only one WA MP had called him about the leadership issue because his colleagues knew he would always back the leader.
“It is sad because we now have allowed ourselves to give Bill Shorten and Labor an opportunity and a free run unless we become a cohesive unit again that governs for Australians – none of this right-left of extreme conservatives and non-conservatives.”
The 66-year-old urged his colleagues to act with integrity.
“Look at what Australia needs and make a judgment based on the strength of the leader, not on the strength of an opportunity.”
Mr Wyatt said he would be extremely disappointed if he was no longer able to continue to reform aged care and make Aboriginal health a priority.