Discussion paper response

Timothy Martin Smith
What is your full name?
Timothy Martin Smith
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?
A new constitution for the needs of the 21st century, rather than a tired old act of the British Parliament. The current constitution is largely about the rights and duties of the federal and state governments. We now need a constitution that recognises t
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?
We need far more than a token "statement".
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?
There should be no powers for any government in Australia that just apply to one grouping of peoples. The only exception of this is to create compensation for Australia's first peoples for the destruction of their cultures and rights prior to British sett
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?
Not yet!
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?
Write a new constitution! Problem with mere laws is that any government can change them at will.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
There is no other way within Australian laws that can guarantee that racial discrimination can be illegal in Australia forever, other than written into our constitution.
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?
Any group appointed by a government can be chosen to give the answers that government seeks.
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
We need a new constitution!
Do you have any other comments?
All Australian people need to be recognised in the Constitution, along with a description of their rights and responsibilities. This requires a new constitution.
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