Discussion paper response

Charlotte Davis
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Charlotte Davis
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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?
I do not trust constitutional recognition, as it was created by a Liberal government and the majority of indigenous people do not want it, as it is being created not to give more rights but to take away any sovereign rights and insidiously further the ass
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in a normal Australian law, but not in the Constitution.
What should the statement say?
I don't know what it should say, this is something that the Indigenous spokespeople should come up with, and those are the people who are independent of the political parties
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
For many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people constitutional recognition is a token gesture. What needs to be established is a framework of treaties between the government and each of the continent's Indigenous nations. Those treaties should NEVE
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
There should be special laws only in the area that will always protect indigenous culture, language, land, spirituality and heritage, made in equal partnership with independent indigenous nations, not with indigenous people who are coloured by allegiance
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Not FOR the people but by and with the people.
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?
Racial discrimination that disempowers and abuses should remain. But the indigenous peoples need to be acknowledged based on race and culture and that their racial and cultural inheritance, as distinct from mainstream culture, should be respected and allo
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?
keep the laws against racial discrimination strong.
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?
I don't know
Do you have any ideas about what the new group would look like?
they should be constituted of representatives from the major nations and subnations of indigenous Australia. They should independent of political parties
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
All voices need to be recognised. Do not suppress the voices of the many indigenous Australians who are against Constitutional Recognition. The people of Australia need to know why they are against it as their arguments are very strong. It is sickening th
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
no-one should be excluded from voting based on race
Is there any point in keeping it?
I don't know, perhaps there are arguments that it keeps it more real to keep it, since this kind of discrimination is what the majority of indigenous Australia faces every day anyway.
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