Discussion paper response

Dale Justin Horstmanshof
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Dale Justin Horstmanshof
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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?
I want the original residents of Australia to be recognised in our constitution as every Australian is.
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I am unclear on the implications of this so I am unsure how to answer. On a basic level I would like it to be acknowledge that Aboriginals were the first inhabitants of Australia. Where and how I am unclear.
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 that discriminate on one gender or race must not be placed in our legislation, however where applicable I feel that laws need to reflect the people and the purpose there were created for and therefore in their nature should accommodate special needs.
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
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?
It cannto stop human nature, however it is one less stone holding down a proud race.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Education is the only way to stop discrimination. However we are human and there is a fine line between social comment and discrimination. That line is very subjective. Whilst we will never get rid of discrimination we must work toward the goal.
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 other comments on this Indigenous group?
From what little I know of Aboriginal culture I believe that due to the diverse nature and the number of independent tribes, trying to accommodate every one is not something that is achievable. However, we can refer to the Indigenous council for guidance
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
It is an important recognition that we are all equal and that no one group can be ostrecised or desgriminated against.
Is there any point in keeping it?
In a museum maybe?
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