Discussion paper response

Steven James Wheatley
What is your full name?
Steven James Wheatley
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?
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 beginning - as they were here first.
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?
I don't know
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
I don't know
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?
It would have a small group of prominent ATSI representatives, possibly one from each state AND territories, they should be educated citizens that have relevant experience in certain fields, like most job applications (unlike most politicians).
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
There should be a finite term of tenure, as with the constitutional rulings to hold office of any Committee/Boards.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
A fairer & modern Constitution.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Not at all. This is discrimination at it's worst.
Do you have any other comments?
Please get this matter sorted once & for all, I'm embarrassed to call myself Australian as this has been dragging on for far too long.
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?