Discussion paper response

Laraine Clare Taylor
What is your full name?
Laraine Clare Taylor
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?
Change the constitution
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?
First statement of the constitution
What should the statement say?
Recognising ATSI people as the first people of Australai and acknowledging their traditional and historical links to the land and water and their rights to the land and water
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
THe Canadian constitution has a separate section that deals with aboriginal peoples "rights". With clarity of the definition of the term rights we could have something similar.
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?
A section that addresses inclusivity and respect of difference ( including race)
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?
A 2 tier system of government - local and federal we are a small enough population that this would be efficient and stop the problem of the conflict in laws between federal and state
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?
There are existing structures which could be used as the link for consultation and voice. Eg each community with a school with a significant ATSI population should have a AECG. Strengthen these structures and develop efficient communication strategies not
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Any chance of future discrimination of ANY person
Is there any point in keeping it?
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?