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Australia Aboriginal activist Pryor calls PM disrespectful
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Posted on: September 6th 2017
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An Aboriginal activist who spent a year crossing Australia on foot says he felt "so disrespected" by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull that he chose to "turn his back and walk away" from him.

Clinton Pryor reached Canberra this week, the final stop of his 5,000km (3,106 mile) "Walk for Justice" to raise awareness of indigenous issues.

He says the PM spoke over him when they met at Parliament House.

But a spokesman for the PM said he had "respectfully disagreed" with Mr Pryor.

One man's march for indigenous rights

In a statement released on Twitter, the activist said: "Mr Turnbull refused to walk even a few steps outside of Parliament to meet in the Parliamentary Forecourt - despite Clinton having walked over 7 million steps to be here."

A spokesperson for Mr Pryor had attempted to read a list of demands about Aboriginal rights to the Australian leader.

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