Discussion paper response

Luke Uluimela Qiritabu
What is your full name?
Luke Uluimela Qiritabu
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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?
The change should reflect freedom from the racial bias provisions of the Constitution
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?
What should the statement say?
Something to the effect that acknowledges that the First Peoples are the traditional guardians of the land and rivers and have been so for over 60,000 years.
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?
Recommendation for any laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must come from the communities/mob. Following the adoption of the recommendation, consultation must be had with the communities with the draft(s) of the law.
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?
There are enough guarantees in existence in various laws that will stop racial discrimination.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Courts should be allow to develop the jurisprudence on racial discrimination
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?
I think that the various states should each have an indigenous group that can advise on political matters relating to them. Laws at the Federal level should be send to these groups for their views following their consultations with their "electorate" (for
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
It removes the head of power that allows governments to make law detrimental to Frist Nations Peoples.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
Unshackling of First Nations Peoples from the harmful powers of law making in this Constitution is critical to the advancement of First Nations Peoples and their communities.
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