Discussion paper response

Keith Gove
What is your full name?
Keith Gove
What is your postal code?
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.
What should the statement say?
The First Peoples had inhabited the land we now call Australia for 50,000+ years and have a special relationship to the land that is different to that of all people who are not descendants of First Peoples.
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?
The power should relate to the First Peoples, by virtue of their unique status.
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
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?
Via legislation, basically what RDA says now.
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?
It must be sustainable. There have been a number of representative groups over the last decade or two, and the amount of change undermines it.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
removes a racial bias in the constitution
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