Discussion paper response

What is your full name?
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?
Full recognition of culture in every institution of government; original languages taught in schools; targets to ensure aboriginal people are properly represented in all walks of life and employment opportunities
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?
In a reworked constitution
What should the statement say?
Sorry among other things!
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
It's very important that we clearly state they were here first! And would have continued with a respectful and sustainable culture without white folks landing and taking over. We still have so much to learn from the oldest living culture.
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
I don't know enough or what the other options are?
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?
Indigenous Australians only
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?
Punishments that involve shaming: education to every child; connections with arriving Australians and the racism they experience
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?
No: communities should determine that
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Should we delete section 25?
I don't know
Is there any point in keeping it?
I don't understand enough about it
Do you have any other comments?
It is about time there was proper recognition : and it is vital that all children in schools are taught real aboriginal history
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?