Discussion paper response

Adrienne Marie Lyons
What is your full name?
Adrienne Marie Lyons
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?
A constitutional amendment to correctly recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities as the First Peoples of Australia.
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?
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?
The power should be clear it is not to be used for discriminating actions but only for actions which will be for the benefit of the First Peoples and AGREED TO BY THE FIRST PEOPLES.
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?
Should we delete section 25?
Do you have any other comments?
Australia needs to take a long hard look at the white privilege that permeates and infects different aspects of policy and law and recognise the disadvantage it is perpetuating. Recognise a different culture, recognise equality, true equality.
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