states' senate obsolete

Australia's Senate no longer operates as a forum for state review as the nation's Constitution intends.

With High court approval, the powers of the states have largely been assumed by the Commonwealth.

"In contrast with the intention of the founding fathers, the history of Australian federalism has been one of power slowly shifting from the states to the Commonwealth."

The states cannot legitimately review powers they don't have such that the operation of the Senate currently contavenes the Constitution.

The opportunity is available to restore the rule of law with a constitutional amendement to enact law equitably by agreement between a women's Senate and a men's House of Representatives.

Election to these legislatures would conform with whatever electoral process is agreed by a women's caucus and a men's caucus at a constitution convention.

23 April, 2009