Discussion paper response

Kenneth Edward Mayes
What is your full name?
Kenneth Edward Mayes
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?
recognising prior occupation (ie reversing terra nulis)
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
What should the statement say?
prior to the claiming of Australia by Captain James Cook for the British Crown, Australia was occupied by an indigenous population who actively cared for the land and its resources. The original inhabitants and their descendants retain all rights of prior
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?
change the constitution as above for a treaty and then no need
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
Do you have any ideas about what words to use for that guarantee, or where in the Constitution to put it?
in the preamble include: all peoples are created equal and have the right to live their life without fear from denigration
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All 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?
reinforce the current anti discrimination legislation
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?
indigenous only elected reps similar to the senate
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
discrimination against any group based on ethnicisity
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
an outdated colonial concept of white australia
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?