Discussion paper response

Josephine Nemorin
What is your full name?
Josephine Nemorin
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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.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
Australia's first peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have consistently been excluded from the discussions concerning their ancestral lands and territories. Australia's Constitution expressly discriminates against Aboriginal and Torres
Should the word 'race' be taken out of the Constitution?
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
It is a miscarriage of justice and an international embarrassment that the Australian Constitution has failed to protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander rights, the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (RDA) has been compromised on three occasions,
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?
Part V s 52 (iv) The development, implementation and review of delegated Commonwealth legislative instruments which ensure the dissemination of non-discriminatory behaviour that is consistent with human rights obligations.
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?
Add the words '...consistent with human rights obligations' to Part V s52
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
In this regard, Part V s52 would read "The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have exclusive power to make laws (the following words to be inserted) CONSISTENT WITH HUMAN RIGHTS OBLIGATIONS, for the peace, order, and good government of the Co
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?
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Every Australian State and Territory should have Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander representation (at least two, or a number that best represents their population within that State or Territory).
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
By eliminating S25, the Constitution is both consistent with Australian human rights obligations and fosters a culture of non-discrimination by race for all Australians
Is there any point in keeping it?
The ambiguity that remains whilst s25 remains in the Australian Constitution is inconsistent with Australia's human rights obligations.
Do you have any other comments?
I am a naturalised Australian with a Dutch heritage. I am aware that my many relatives and friends on social networks in the Netherlands and internationally listen, watch and evaluate Australia's laws, culture and attitudes. I know that a strong commitm
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