Discussion paper response

Gregory Rex Norris
What is your full name?
Gregory Rex Norris
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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?
It should include a statement recognising the forefathers of the indigenous people as the trustees of the land.
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
What should the statement say?
As above.
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?
My understanding is that there are already rules in the Aboriginal lore that indigenous choose to follow or not. All people in Australia must abide by parliamentary law. As more indigenous join the parliament the more the shared understanding will stre
Do you think that a guarantee against racial discrimination should go into the Constitution?
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?
Enforce the current laws with more vigour. A slap on the wrist never changed a person's view or behaviour.
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 other comments on this Indigenous group?
See above. All representatives in parliament are for all people. There is already an elders group of indigenous who should be consulted when matters pertaining to indigenous affairs are involved. That group should be able to veto a change.
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Not sure. I don't know the entire section.
Is there any point in keeping it?
If it is defined to create division then no. If it is defined to protect a minority then yes whatever that minority is based on.
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