Consider constitution change cautiously.
The concept of recognising indigenous people in the constitution has some merit but must be considered with caution. There has been some suggestion that traditional law could also be recognised as part of the constitutional amendments. This is a slippery slope that could prove disastrous for all Australians.
Modern law has developed in ways that to provide protection and support for women, children and vulnerable people; something that is sadly lacking in many ancient customary laws that were developed in strongly paternal societies.
To recognise any form of customary law that does not provide the same level of protection could open the door to ancient ritualistic punishments and cultural arrangements detrimental to these vulnerable Australians.
And, if traditional Aboriginal law is to be recognised, what about Sharia law and statutes and customs of other minority groups?
All Australians should be subject to one law, regardless of their race, origin or religion. The commonwealth law that has been developed and crafted over many decades and protects and benefits all and fosters a stable, reliable society. -
Ray Moran (State Director – Australian Christians Party).