Discussion paper response

Carolyn McCosker
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Carolyn McCosker
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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 Australian Parliament and all State and Territory parliaments should make a Declaration in new laws acknowledging that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are the First Peoples of Australia.
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?
In the Constitution
What should the statement say?
The statement should acknowledge that Aboriginal people are the traditional owners and custodians of Australia and that their traditional practices, languages and ongoing relationships, spiritual practices, ceremonies be respected and protected.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I would like to see the inclusion of Aboriginal ceremonies in all significant national and international events in which Australia either hosts or participates in.
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 think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
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?
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
a fairer voice for all Australians
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
The cultural wealth of Australia's First Peoples adds a unique richness to Australia's identity. Indigenous art forms and appropriate ceremonies should be included in all Australian events, nationally and internationally. Recognition in the Australian
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