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Is The Constitution ‘Racist’? | Prof. Nicholas Aroney

In this clip, John asks Professor Nicholas Aroney on what grounds the Constitution might be decried as a ‘racist’ document. Their discussions leans into the differences between the powers granted and limited by the Constitution, how the Constitution might be incrementally improved and the differences between the founding of Australia and New Zealand.

This conversation is a contribution to the reasoned public debate that must surely take place as the referendum draws closer.

See their full interview here:

Nicholas Aroney is Professor of Constitutional Law at The University of Queensland and an External Fellow of the Centre for Law and Religion at Emory University. He has held visiting positions at Oxford, Cambridge, Paris II, Edinburgh, Durham, Sydney, Emory and Tilburg universities.

Professor Aroney has published over 150 journal articles, book chapters and books in the fields of constitutional law, comparative constitutional law and legal theory. He has led several international research projects in comparative federalism, bicameralism, legal pluralism, and law & religion, and he speaks frequently at international conferences on these topics.

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  1. FACTS: The Australian constitution is NOT racist. But, the Australian constitution does have clauses (s.25 & s.51(xxvi)) that facilitate racist laws – those clauses should be removed.

    The Voice to Parliament is really ATSIC2.0. People, who were either directly involved in or associated with ATSIC, an organisation that had a $1.1B annual budget and was wound up because of how deeply corrupt it was, want to re-establish a new version of ATSIC but this time they want it in the constitution so it can't be wound up when the theft of billions of dollars is discovered.

  2. Marcia should qualify her argument clearly….so everyone can understand her statement. In a situation when i am not certain i do nothing…ie VOTE NO to change….until we all understand. At the moment everyone in australia are equal citizens. Thats fair to me. Injecting an elite special unelected group into the constitution appears to be watering down our democracy…based on dna. This is smelling like aparteid to me. I dont like it…but i may have misunderstood because i am not a constitutional lawyer

  3. Wrong question. The question should be “is racism a bad thing?” This country was federated as an ethno state by wise men. That was its intention. No matter how much you try to brainwash people that racism is just a construct, one fact remains. Race is real and culture is genetically driven because of it. Most countries are ethno states. Ever wondered why?

  4. The voice is a separatist movement that the Australian government has nursed to fruition over the course of decades.
    They do this through the constant babying and handouts to indigenous people, they are never going to view themselves as Australians until they are forced to be one.
    The Australian government treats the aboriginals like pets.
    In the same way my dog is capable of escaping the yard and finding food, he begs me for more and will do so forever.
    On the other hand, thanks! My wife's a half cast and we would like to thank the nanny state for that locked in low interest rate home loan. While the fed screws the rest of the country at least we will be ok.

  5. There is no condemnation of the constitution, but this is what is happening under the opinion of the constitution, no immunity and no deterrent.
    Take UK For example
    UK'is not close to being a racially
    just society', find two-year study
    Over a third of people from ethnic and religious minorities have
    experienced racially motivated physical or verbal abuse in their lifetime , according to the biggest and most comprehensive
    survey of race inequality in the UK for more than 25 years.
    The survey found "strikingly high"
    levels of exposure to abuse across a wide range of ethnic groups
    , as well as a high prevalence of racial discrimination and inequality of outcomes in education, the workplace, housing and interactions with the police.

  6. Yeesh. I didn't know you guys made "special anything" in your constitution for the aboriginals. That's something that needs to be rectified as soon as possible. The US constitution mentions no one but humans and even though we had all those problems it led the way to universal rights.

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