Constitution excludes women

The Australian Constitution fails to recognise women in violation of basic human rights.

Promulgated by men as an Act of the Westminster Parliament, the document acknowledges by omission that women think differently, albeit erroneously and fatally as of inferior intelligence.

As a consequence, women are denied an inalienable right to make decisions about women's lives without interruption, intimidation or alienation.

The only powers available under the Australian Constitution are those exercised by men, who through peer pressure permit women to participate by proxy in the exercise of their powers.

Men compromise the assembly of a women's view by negotiating individually with women in men's legislatures.

Indigenous decision-making, which relies on collective bargaining between women and men, is similarly extinguished.

This is a misogynist Constitution yielding the racist, sexist and divisive social culture to which Australians have become accustomed, a slur on the nation and a tremendous disadvantage to its peoples.

The absence of an uncompromised male view, a right assumed at Federation unavailable in the presence of women, paves the way for the emergence of extremists indifferent to women's opinions as with incumbent Prime Minister John Howard, whose callous disregard for human rights has inspired an unprecedented cross-party Parliamentary coalition of women against his policies on women's health, the torture of children behind razor wire in immigration prisons and more recently, the cruelty meted out to David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay.

Constitutional reform providing for women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction is the proper means to promulgate women's, men's and indigenous rights in the governance of the nation.

31 January, 2007