hoeroa, thank you my brother for your words of action and i apologise for my late reply.
your thoughts are prescient to the constitution discussion but especially your knowledge of the major pitfalls of designated parliamentary seats.
it is great that we are given a maori view on our continuing struggles here for sovereignty, treaties and social justice
i find also your analysis of the racist rantings of gary johns to be spot on.
yours in solidarity
Ray Tena koe! [Greetings to you]
As the direct nephew of the Aotearoa [NZ], now retired Maori Land Court Judge, Hoeroa Bailey Marumaru, I observe your comments identified in the following, of significant wisdom, as opposed to those you refer to.
It is my responsibility to acknowledge, my comments do not necessarily reflect the opinions of my Uncle.
 “the wording to be added to the body of the constitution is, to my mind, has already been done for us. any added words must fully reflect, both in the spirit and the actual wording, that the federal government and the people of australia, regardless of colour,race, religion, etc. is all in the un declaration of indigenous peoples. that declaration will cover all contingencies and will only be opposed by johns, bolt and the rest of their ilk.”
As an observer, I wholeheartedly concur, if it is acceptable for Australia to sign this UN declaration, why would it not be acceptable as appropriate for the Australian constitution?
 “one thing i do not wish to see in the constitution is designated parliamentary seats. self-determination will take care of that.”
I concur with observation of this comment further, as someone belonging to a neighbouring indigenous people, whom has witnessed the pernicious and venal political tactic of ‘wedge politics’ utilised to disenfranchise the representative integrity, lawful rights, and interests, of those indigenous peoples represented by their appointed indigenous parliamentary representatives, by adversarial policy agenda, concordant with generation of the lobbying of base racist conflagration within the electorate and community, by vested interests.
 “Perhaps section 51. xxvi, “The people of any race, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws”, should remain, although the suggestion by Mick Gooda, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, that this power has been used to discriminate against Aboriginal people is laughable.”
That Mr Johns may possibly conceive this article of the Australian constitution is “laughable” referenced to its recorded demonstration of discriminatory powers, is incredulous of even pretension to reasoned judgement, as is corresponding observation of its abject failure to accord and reconcile with those UN conventions Australia is a signatory to, such as the UN Declaration of Indigenous Peoples you refer to.
It is significant further, of observation of its inclusion of the Maori, demonstrating its intended agenda against the rights of both our indigenous peoples, as a “broad brush” venal policy, for expedition of the historically recorded extortion perpetrated against both our peoples, to disenfranchise them of their lawful rights and possessions by stealth.
 “The trouble is, Aboriginal culture, in any sense in which the original inhabitants practised it, is long gone. Elements of the original that remain, such as polygamy and underage sex, are illegal or, in the case of sorcery, re-emerging around places such as Yuendumu and Groote Island, is just plain evil.”
This comment comprehensively defies even basic common sense. For if as Mr Johns contends, “
Aboriginal culture, in any sense in which the original inhabitants practised it, is long gone,” how could that “evil” he further contends associated with it, possibly re-emerge or be observed remnant as any meaningful or substantial associated product and entity? [Re: “the original that remain, such
as polygamy and underage sex, are illegal or, in the case of sorcery,
re-emerging around places such as Yuendumu and Groote Island, is just plain
Mr Johns therefore, comprehensively demonstrates his agenda as racist, according to that malevolent intent such pernicious agenda is known to demonstrate.
Ehoa! Ka kite! Kia u!
[My friend Keep well Be strong]
Tena koutou katoa!
[Greetings to you all]
Hoeroa Robert Marumaru
indigenous social justice association