Discussion paper response

Sharon van Oers
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Sharon van Oers
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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?
Recognising atsi people as first people of Australia, their traditional knowledge and that now we are one Australia but never forgetting those first on the land and and their history.
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 very beginning as an introductory statement to begin with.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
It is such an important part of Australia's history and it is something Australians should be proud of and know more about. Education is key.
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?
We are all human and should be treated equally. If that means adjusting the law so that we can fit in Asti people's then we should also consider that.
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
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?
What a ridiculous question. This should not be a choice. This should automatically form part of the 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?
Is it worth creating the new group if it can only give advice and does not have the power to block new laws?
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
It is imperative that Asti peoples be involved at all levels or the constitution will become a hypocrisy
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Why would you leave a statement like that in the constitution. Do we really want to make the same mistakes that were made in the 60's and 70's.
Do you have any other comments?
The constitution needs to be amended urgently. If other countries knew more about the Australian Asti community and the lack of recognition their views of Australia would truly change. It is so archaic and should have been amended a long time ago. This i
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