Discussion paper response

Judi mary palmer
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Judi mary palmer
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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 achieve irrevocable equality between all Australians.
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?
At the very beginning.
What should the statement say?
We acknowledge that the indigenous peoples, with their own languages and tribal cultures are the traditional owners of the country known as Australia and as such are equal partners in consultation with the "Commonwealth" in the making of laws, use of lan
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
We must create an inclusive partnership which accommodates cultural law within mainstream law and respects traditional and cultural lore (knowledge).
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?
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples must participate in equal partnership in the making of any special laws that are required for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
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?
Education is the key to eliminate discrimination and bigotry. Anti-discrimination laws must be made strong enough to allow legal recourse to any Australian citizen who is discriminated against.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
The purpose of the Constitution is not to prevent discrimination. Its a legal document which, upon its ratification, dispossessed the original inhabitants of Australia of their land, languages,culture and laws.
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?
Any group should have full powers to agree or veto laws according to its group conscious.
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Indigenous people should entirely determine this process. For far too long they've been kept out of decisions, tokenised, disparaged, unheard and told what to do and how to do it. Make this a real change.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
The voting equality of all Australians.
Is there any point in keeping it?
No. All law abiding Australian citizens over the age of 18 should be eligible to vote.
Do you have any other comments?
1. "Race" - science has determined that we all have common DNA, originating in Africa. Time for all Governments to remove "racial" references from tneir laws. Race is not a country. Race is not colour. 2. "Education" - is they key to achieving and maintai
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