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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?
The change should be inserted in the Constitution as a preamble which expresses recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as the First Peoples of Australia.
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 preamble
What should the statement say?
Recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples as First Peoples of our country. Acknowlege continuing relaionship of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders to the land and water, and also the need to secure the advancement of the First Peoples.
Do you have any other comments on a statement about the First Peoples of Australia?
This would lay the foundation for future treatment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and respect of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples their culture, language and heritage. It would legitimate the public celebration of the herit
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 ideas on what new words could be used to describe that power, or where in the Constitution to put the power?
It should also specify that any laws made for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples should only be for their advancement and benefit. issues to make laws about - a treaty and an Indigenous voice in Parliament.
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?
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?
Try to educate our children.
Do you have any other comments on changing the Constitution to stop racial discrimination?
This benefits and guides all peoples of Australia - and provides a positive basis for the education of our children.
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?
I don't know
Do you have any other comments on this Indigenous group?
It should have sufficient members to adequately represent the First Peoples.
Should we delete section 25?
What would we achieve by getting rid of section 25?
It would complete a 'clean' identity for Australia, complimenting the recognition of the First Peoples in the Constitution.
Is there any point in keeping it?
Do you have any other comments?
I will be very happy to recognise the First Peoples in the Australian Constitution and to take out all mention of race - I think these things are very necessary for us to do. I think that recognising the First Peoples in the Australian Constitution will
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