Discussion paper response

Dr Roger Bourne
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Dr Roger Bourne
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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?
The change should focus on changing the systemic prejudice against the humanity and intelligence of the Aboriginal people. Too long have Aboriginal people been demeaned, depersonalised, and dehumanised. Too long have those who have supported Aboriginal pe
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
The First Peoples of Australia should be represented in Parliament as a small but significant third chamber of policy making and initiators of Acts of parliament.
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
Aboriginal people should not be treated as a minority group but as the First Peoples of Australia.
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?
However, the law is an ass and can be used against the Aboriginal people so such laws are risky.
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?
Expose previous legislation that has dehumanised and depersonalised Aboriginal people.
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?
A third chamber of Parliament whose members are recognised as law makers.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Aboriginal people should move to the Preamble of the Constitution recognising their God given sovereignty over this land.
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