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?
Recognition in the constitution
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?
What should the statement say?
Recognise previous occupation of the land. Explain important ongoing connection with the land. Outline some rights
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
Should be fine in consultation with key indigenous people. Not written for them
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?
All people should be treated equally under the law regardless of background, gender, age etc
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?
Change federal and state laws if they are discriminatory
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
If the constitution is meant to outline how our country should be run, then it should be explicit about protecting all people at all times from physical and verbal violence of any kind including based on race.
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'm not sure what groups are already set up, but definitely indigenous people should be responsible for matters relating to their own welfare
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
All people who are citizens should have the right to vote
Is there any point in keeping it?
No idea
Do you have any other comments?
We really ought to have some kind of treaty with actual agreements , not just a statement in the constitution. A statement alone is no guarantee that indigenous people will have the support they need to really improve their situation.
Are you making a submission on behalf of a person (such as yourself) or organisation?