Discussion paper response

Stephan Rubenow Gyory
What is your full name?
Stephan Rubenow Gyory
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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?
Full recognition in the constitution. A treaty. Full acknowledgement of the frontier wars that killed so many First Australians and an official war memorial for same.
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 body of the document
What should the statement say?
Ask the First Australians
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
There is only one race, the human race. Race is a flawed concept especially with DNA testing showing that so many people share DNA from different cultures.
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
This has to be done in deep consultation with Indigenous Australians. We owe them so much, no expense should be spared.
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?
Insult and Offend should be taken out of 18C. They are hugely subjective. There is no right not to be offended by something. If people feel offended or insulted they can walk away or have a conversation. Can't have people walking on eggshells for fear of
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?
Educate bogans.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
This should not just be about skin colour, nationality or ethnicity, there should be protections for abuse and attacks on gender, sexuality, age, disability, weight etc etc. But it's important that the protections allow free speech and the free exchange o
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?
Council of elders? Members of each nation? Something representative and in touch.
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
We need to elevate Indigenous Australians to the rightful place, they wisdom they had was immense, we need to tap this and protect it from disappearing.
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
No race should be banned from voting
Is there any point in keeping it?
No, it's disgusting.
Do you have any other comments?
Really need to recognise what the British did after only 20 years of occupation; that they were at war with the indigenous and that the land was stolen.
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