Discussion paper response

Dr Fiona McCormick
What is your full name?
Dr Fiona McCormick
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?
Acknowledging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Nations of this country and calling for a treaty.
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?
At the beginning, just as we always acknowledge them at every meeting.
What should the statement say?
Acknowledging their continuing presence here over tens of thousands of years and their ongoing stewardship of this land
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?
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
The only special laws should be the ones Indigenous Australians write themselves
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?
That all are created equal no matter their country or nationality of origin
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
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
Do you have any other comments?
We MUST acknowledge our First Nations
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