What is your full name?
Dorothy May Hopkins
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?
What should the change look like?
Consult the aboriginal people to see what they want.
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?
I do not know but it has to be acknowledged by law, for too long these issues have been ignored.
What should the statement say?
Once again this is something for indigenous people to decide.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
Just that they are the true Australians and should be supported as such.
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?
Do you have any other comments on powers to make laws for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples?
The race question I could not answer once again it is aboriginal people who should make the decision.
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 donot know, I am an ordinary Australian. My mother always supported aboriginal issues, so have always been aware of issues concerning indigenous people.
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous 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?
People who are not educated from an early age have problems with aboriginal issues most of my friends do not support aboriginal issues, totally ignorant of so many things
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
Charge people with an offence if they continue in this fashion to target people. The ignorance of the ordinary Australian is unbelievable.
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?
Marcia Langton is strong and says it how it is, knows the law she should bepart of any group working towards this.
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Apart from Marcia, perhaps Jackie lambie , gutsy women who say it how it is. Once again aboriginal consultation.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
God knows how do they think these things up?
Is there any point in keeping it?
Everyone should have a say in all things, I am old now 78 and hope I see change before I die.
Do you have any other comments?
Go Marcia and Jackie
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?