Discussion paper response

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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?
It should include the acknowledgement that Australia was and always has been settled by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People. The FIRST Australians.
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?
In the constitution.
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?
Only the power to make laws to better the First Peoples, not to degrade them.
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?
Include a law to prevent discrimination against the FIRST Peoples. This law should not be used by other recent immigrant groups to have another form of law imposed on the Australian People.
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?
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Is there any point in keeping it?
Yes. To prevent other ethnic groups from taking over the government.
Do you have any other comments?
I believe strongly that we need to recognise the First Peoples and ensure their rights in the constitution. As they were the original inhabitants of Australia, we owe them the respect and all of the advantages of living in this country. I am concerned tha
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