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Gilbert John Hardwick
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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?
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander peoples is quite a different question from making a statement about First Peoples of Australia. I grew up with people and taken through Law over 40 years ago, and until all this political theorising we n
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?
No, people are already citizens with rights, among whom well over 300 languages are spoken already. All that needs to be done is remove racially discriminating clauses and let the common law take precedent over legislation finally.
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?
Stop talking about race all the time, declare the word 'race' to be a construct with no meaning and no relevance, when 'Aboriginality' itself is defined by kinship not genetics.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
It is the constiution itself which is racially discriminatory, with racial discrimination laws contradicting the constitution. That's the point here, isn't it? That's the issue to be addressed, resolving the contradiction and with it the dilemma. Remove t
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?
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Again, what is 'Indigenous'? Meriam people cannot speak for Martu. Noongar cannot speak for Bunaba. Wiradjuri cannot speak for Walmatjari, all in the same way Greeks cannot speak for Germans or French, and English cannot speak for Chinese. I mean, all tho
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Remove ALL reference to race altogether.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
I will be voting YES inj favour of removing all reference to race, and NO against this obtuse notion of recognising some 'Aboriginal', 'Indigenous', 'ATSI', 'First Nations' abstraction which has no reference whatsoever to real human beings. If it's not cl
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