What is your full name?
Judith Irene McNamara
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?
The change (s) should absolutely recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the first peoples in this country and ensure that they are so recognised. In addition, their land rights should be enshrined in this law.
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I think that for the 200 years plus that we have been acknowledging 'Australia's early migrants, ATSI peoples have been forgotten and have been treated most disrespectfully. It is imperative that this history now be rewritten so that their culture, their
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?
Many of these questions should be answered by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - not be people like me who have a different cultural identity.
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?
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?
We have to get support to stop racial discrimination for all in this country.
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?
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?