Discussion paper response

Judith Kilyen
What is your full name?
Judith Kilyen
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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?
Non-First Peoples (like myself) understand and accept the reasons why it is important for constitutional recognition of Australia's First Peoples. Without understanding and acceptance in minds and hearts of non-First Peoples of why Australia's First Peopl
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?
at the begining of the Constitution
Should the word 'race' be taken out of the Constitution?
I don't know
Should the Australian Parliament keep the power to make special laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
The Australian Parliament must always consult with and gain approval from the First Peoples before having the power to make any laws on their behalf.
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?
We need to change hearts and minds first, then there will be less resistance and resentment about racial discrimination laws.
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?
Inclusive education, so that non-First Peoples who are resistent learn its importance.
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?
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
This is a form of racial discrimination, removing this section removes racial discrimination.
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