Discussion paper response

Dean Robert Rudas
What is your full name?
Dean Robert Rudas
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?
I strongly suggest connecting two Constitutional areas which some may find seemingly disparate otherwise. A recognition should be constructed and drafted carefully keeping in mind the sole exception which Australia negotiated in the Trans Pacific Partners
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 several areas:
What should the statement say?
Chapter I, Part II The Senate - (similar to the suggestions below but with greater consideration to State qualification and qualified Senate candidate issues) Chapter I, Part III, Section 25 The House of Representatives - should be deleted and redrafted t
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?
It should be written in as a fundamental human right to nondiscrimination based on physical appearance. That is a broader statement, but exceptions for clothing choices in public forums and national security would obviously ensue.
Should the guarantee protect all Australians against racial discrimination, or only Indigenous Australians?
All Australians
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?
As mentioned above, I suggest the ideas in similar directions of the Native American jurisdictions but further.
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
Wide-ranging opportunities for higher education must be a priority in the near and long term for Indigenous peoples.
Should we delete section 25?
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