Discussion paper response

What is your full name?
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?
It should recognise that Aboriginal people were inhabiting, cultivating, and taking care of this continent for some 50,000 years before people from Europe 'discovered' it and colonised it.
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?
No idea.
What should the statement say?
It should say that First People are the rightful guardians of this land, have been so for tens of thousands of years, and recognise their knowledge and ability to live on this planet in a sustainable manner.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
They're some of the most amazing people I've been privileged to meet. I never met any Indigenous Americans in the country where I was born, but I'm sure they have similar values. Us 'recent' people have no idea how to care for a planet: we've been plu
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?
They have their own law, which has enabled them to live sustainably for thousands of years; they should be able to apply it to themselves; and we should try to learn from it to govern 'our' (new Australians) lives to adapt better to this special place.
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?
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?
I'm not a lawyer, I've not even been a citizen for more than a few years. Ask Julian Burnside.
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?
I don't know
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?