Discussion paper response

Juliet Rosemary Wiseman
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Juliet Rosemary Wiseman
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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?
Should we have a statement that acknowledges the First Peoples of Australia?
Yes. This should be in the Constitution.
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?
There may be occasions where laws are needed to protect and restore indigenous rights - for example when their lands are threatened by the greed of the majority (mining, farming). In this case the indigenous right to land has to be given priority.
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?
I think you are confusing two issues here - obviously racism needs to be outlawed but the rights of indigenous people are separate from this. People oming here from other countries need to be protected by the same laws as everyone else but the indigenous
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?
If you don't gain enough support to have this in the Constitution you may as well give up and accep that Australia is not a civilized country and hasn't been for the past 200 years at least.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Please stop muddling racism with the rights of indigenous people. This makes this survey very difficult to answer fairly.
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?
I don't know if there is already an appropriate group to do this, if not then yes a new one would be needed
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
We woudl move one step closer to a civilisation
Is there any point in keeping it?
Not that I can think of
Do you have any other comments?
Yes. This country is reaping the karma of having trashed its indigenous people. Only reparations and restoring of land and respect for their culture will help us to overcome this. We can see on the world stage now what is happening to other greed driven c
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