Discussion paper response

Stephen Malcolm Wilson
What is your full name?
Stephen Malcolm Wilson
What is your postal code?
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?
Recognise ATSI as the traditional custodians (first people) of Australia with a long, proud and successful history over many thousands of years prior to the arrival of the first fleet. We also need to change the National Anthem as the line "....for we ar
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
Where is the best place to put it?
In the preamble (Clause 1)
What should the statement say?
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act recognises Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the 'First peoples' and traditional custodians of Australia and pay respect to their Elders past and present. We recognise their continuous connecti
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 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?
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Long over due!
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?
I don't know
Do you have any ideas about what the new group would look like?
Designated number of seats for ATSI members in the House of Representative & Senate (similar to the designated Maori seats in the NZ parliment)
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
The abiltiy of governments to discriminate against population groups based on their race which in turns stops them from participating in their democratic right to vote.
Is there any point in keeping it?
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