Discussion paper response

Sharon Anne Shostak
What is your full name?
Sharon Anne Shostak
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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?
It should acknowledge their existence as First or Original Peoples of Australia
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?
I'm not sure
What should the statement say?
Something that acknowledges their prior habitation of this country
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I think it's a serious blind spot for Australian to not give acknowledgement of First Peoples and therefore the horrific past continues to the present day treatment of them in some of their outback settlements.
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?
I don't know
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
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?
Is it worth creating the new group if it can only give advice and does not have the power to block new laws?
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Repeal of embedded racism
Is there any point in keeping it?
Not that I can see
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?