Discussion paper response

Shontia Saluja-Honeysett
What is your full name?
Shontia Saluja-Honeysett
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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?
understanding that all Aboriginal people are not the same all over Australia we have different languages, cultural protocols and lores. And supporting them at a local level, by being proactive with local communities.
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in a normal Australian law, but not in the Constitution.
What should the statement say?
Acknowledging local traditional custodians of the land, as well as all custodian of the land here in Australia. Acknowledging and paying respect to all Elders past and present for all their resilience for keeping culture and traditions alive. Also acknowl
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?
yes and No. No in the sense that we should be able to light a ceremonial fire while doing welcome to countries without the treat of breaking the law. Yes until our life expectancy increases.
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
as long as they are the same laws for everyone don't make one harsh law judged on1-2 peoples actions we are not all the same.
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?
it should be added for all racial backgrounds, no one should face discrimination
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?
cultural training and community service working within the cultural for the for person who is discriminating against a race.
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?
the term of reference should have that the membership be of Aboriginal background, a representaive from each state who collects information from local areas or tap into Local Aboriginal Networks, membership should be changed every 5 yrs
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
Is there any point in keeping it?
people get to have a voice
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