Discussion paper response

Michael J Anthony Daniel
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Michael J Anthony Daniel
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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?
Pre-Australian people are entitled to Constitutional Recognition. We/They should be recognized as the traditional occupants/caretakers of the land, however this needs to be carefully worded so that it does not disrupt "Title" ownership vs "Native Title" r
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?
The Constitution of the Federation of Australia 1901
What should the statement say?
I have a personal issue with the term "First Peoples" as it sounds classist, hence my preference for "pre-Australian", as in all people who lived on the land prior to "settlement".
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
I am not currently in a suitable frame of mind to suggest drafting, however I am excellent at shredding or reworking what someone else has already drafted.
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?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
Making laws in favor or against ATSIC persons is just another form of Discrimination that such changes are meant to abolish. "Affirmative Action" is REVERSE DISCRIMINATION. I realize that an us/them mentality still exists, and I choose to move that bounda
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?
"Race" is only a social construct based on insignificant genetic variances, and most "racism" is actually "culturalism" based on the historic behavior of that particular group of people. Those wishing to enter Australia (from outside) should be prepared t
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?
We need stronger legislation against Domestic Violence regardless of the race(s) involved, and no such violence should be defendable based on religious belief.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
I have no objection to Crown Land being reserved for pre-Australian occupation (as per the intent of the Mabo decision) and that such people should be able to live a Hunter/Gatherer life-style. However, there needs to be clear definition when it comes to
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?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
While many ATSIC people live integrated pseudo-European lifestyles and are therefore only subjected to social prejudices, I'm aware that in other parts of Australia there are ATSIC communities that live a tribal way of life by choice. While I have already
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Does this mean that, as an ATSIC person, I have been voting illegally? I thought anyone who was "Australian" by birth or by adopted Citizenship already had full rights to vote. If this is not the case, then I advocate abolition.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Only as far as it blocks non-Citizens or fictitious Corporate Entities (or any other purported 'organization') from influencing elections.
Do you have any other comments?
As Constitutional change requires a Referendum, and there is a growing dissatisfaction of all factions of existing government there is no reason to entrust the wording of any change to the Constitution without that full wording being subject to public scr
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