Discussion paper response

Steven Bruce Carnell
What is your full name?
Steven Bruce Carnell
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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?
Recognition of them as original inhabitants and caretakers of the land through their ceremony and cultural beliefs for the benefit of all.
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?
That they are recognised as such and have mush to offer Australia as continuing inhabitants of the land.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
The First Peoples approach to the land is more accurate than ours. They know that people can only inhabit, use, and manage land as a resource. The fiction that land can be owned is based on conquest in history.
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 have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Law making applies to all. The only proviso to make different laws for different people in a country should be where there are historically valid factors recognising the cultural diversity present - for instance - Jewish, Christian, Muslim, or Indigenous
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?
Recognising the equality of all human beings before the law it shall be an offence to discriminate against a person based on ethnicity, religious belief, political conviction or other minority factors, provided such factors are not used as an excuse or re
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?
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Recognition of everyones right to equal treatment.
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?
As citizens indigenous groups are already engaged in political and social action, the same as any other group. Making special arrangements merely reinforces a special need in society.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
All Australian citizens, no matter their origins, should be able to vote provided they meet the criteria for voting otherwise.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
This referendum could also be used to further establish legal equality for all. Everyone should be at the same level of civic responsibility and legal status provided they function at a normal level of competence. We will always have disabled people with
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