In a damning missive, Indigenous leaders decried Australians for their rejection of the Voice referendum, a move viewed by Yes campaign advocates as a blow to future treaty prospects.
Kate Carnell, a vocal Voice supporter, expressed concerns, stating the letter might weaken support for the treaty among the 60% who voted against the proposal.
Some Liberals, who ardently campaigned for the Voice, find themselves at odds with the accusatory tone of the Indigenous leaders' letter as the fallout from the referendum continues to divide Australians.
Now government officials have distanced themselves from the letter, reaffirming respect for the public's decision.
Indigenous Affairs Minister Linda Burney acknowledged the disappointment felt by Indigenous communities but was forced to emphasise an acceptance of the referendum's outcome.
The government's focus has shifted towards vital issues like health, education, jobs, and housing, sidelining discussions about the First Nations treaty and 'truth-telling'.
Acting Prime Minister Richard Marles refrained from criticism, while Finance Minister Katy Gallagher underscored the government's acceptance of the referendum results.