Discussion paper response

kathryn lai
What is your full name?
kathryn lai
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?
Recognising Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples as Australians on equal terms as we, the immigrants.
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.
What should the statement say?
Aboriginal and Torres Straits Islanders are the original occupants of this land. We recognise and value their history and contribution.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I do think we need to make amends for our invasion of their country.
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?
Do you have any ideas about what words to use for that guarantee, or where in the Constitution to put it?
Not really as I don't think we can prevent racism nor violence by legislation.
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?
We could educate people about equality of all and maybe shut down talk back radio shock jocks.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Not while the Government is doing it's utmost to encourage same by promotion of the "us & them" mentality.
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 ideas about what the new group would look like?
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
votes for everyone
Is there any point in keeping it?
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?