Discussion paper response

John Francis Woodlock
What is your full name?
John Francis Woodlock
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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?
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?
What should the statement say?
a statement of acknowledgement as an introduction (preamble) to a proposed new law-making power along the following lines: Recognising that the continent and its islands now known as Australia were first occupied by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander p
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 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?
inserted as a new section of 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?
Should we delete section 25?
Do you have any other comments?
We need to focus on the issues that are likely to get majority support. There should be recognition of indigenous Australians in the Constitution and there should be no discrimination permitted against them or any other race. Indigenous people can vote in
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