Discussion paper response

Amanda Holt
What is your full name?
Amanda Holt
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Do you support recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples by changing the Constitution or making some other kind of legal change?
What should the change look like?
Removing all reference to Terra Nulius & Fauna. Identifying Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander as the original inhabitants of Australia.
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
What should the statement say?
We acknowledge the long and rich history of our First Nations People being Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
Honor and respect for our First Nations People is embedded within all aspects of Australian society. Including but not limited to education, health, and law.
Should the word 'race' be taken out of the Constitution?
Should the Australian Parliament keep the power to make special laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Laws should be for all persons without targeting some over others.
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
Do you have any ideas about what words to use for that guarantee, or where in the Constitution to put it?
No person will be identified as a member of a certain race to fulfill the identification and collection of information about Australian citizens and visitors.
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
If there is not enough support for a guarantee in the Constitution, what other things can we do to stop racial discrimination in national laws?
Remove any reference to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in terms of fauna - disgraceful. All states must adhere to such changes.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
It's time our First Nations people be officially and formally recognized for their culture and attachment to land. Embedding culture into all aspects of the Australian vernacular must begin in the highest document to the daily documents & actions of all
Do you think Indigenous people should have a say when Parliament and government make laws and policies about Indigenous affairs?
Should a new Indigenous group be set up under the Constitution to give advice and make sure Indigenous people have a voice in political decisions that affect them?
Is it worth creating the new group if it can only give advice and does not have the power to block new laws?
Do you have any ideas about what the new group would look like?
A inclusive group of women & men from every state & territory. Both elders & young Indigenous people to ensure traditional & contemporary views are heard.
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Having a voice is important to helping one belong. Even though Indigenous people have been dispossessed of land & community it is time to ensure we do not loose anymore knowledge or harm any person through ignorance, spite & jealousy.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Removing discrimination has to be fully enacted, not just where it suits some people or Government members
Do you have any other comments?
I am 52 & have only in the past 7 years begun to learn about Australia in terms of the Indigenous culture & knowledge. I am disheartened (& disgusted) at the treatment of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people both historically & currently. It's tim
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