Discussion paper response

Isobel Milnes
What is your full name?
Isobel Milnes
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?
There should be a treaty made with Australia's first nations people acknowledging their law, the fact that they owned the land before settlement, and still own the land through traditional law and custom. The treaty should also address the attempted genoc
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 a treaty, in the preamble to the constitution and in the body of the constitution.
What should the statement say?
See above response to 'what should the change look like'
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?
The Native Title Act and the Racial Discrimination Act were enacted by the Commonweath pursuant to that power. The Native Title Act is beneficial legislation. if the constitutional power to make laws for any race was removed, thought would need to be give
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
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?
Perhaps Reprentation from indigenous groups by traditional boundaries or regions, like a Land Council model, but ultimately it is something indigenous groups should be happy with and non indigenous Australians need to listen to indigenous groups.
Should we delete section 25?
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