Discussion paper response

What is your full name?
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?
making a broader statement that acknowledges: *Australia's ancient Indigenous heritage *past injustices to Aboriginal people and the continuing impact of those injustices (especially dispossession, stolen generation, systemic discrimination, prevention of
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?
Preamble + given effect in the working provisions
What should the statement say?
See answer to Q1
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?
See answer to Q1
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
See answer to Q1 above- I think it is reasonable to make special provision re Aboriginal people because of their special status as the first inhabitants and the history of deliberate and pervasive discrimination against Aboriginal people specifically. I
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?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Not sure how to do this effectively so that it is truly representative (huge diversity of Aboriginal communities) and had practical impact.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Relegates history and abhorrent anachronistic ideas to where they belong
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
I strongly support Constitutional recognition. The litany of past and continuing injustices to Aboriginal people is shameful and tragic. Those of us who are not Aboriginal have also lost, and lose out enormously by not having Aboriginal perspectives and k
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