The men who enacted the Australian Constitution as an Act of the British Parliament in 1900 did not intend that their legislation would grant women equal rights.
Women were prohibited from the Parliament, their rights to vote and to stand for election not recognised in Britain for another generation.
The British Parliament did, however, incorporate a mechanism to change the Constitution, a referendum achieving a majority of States and a majority of electors voting.
Legislation introduced into the Australian Parliament to give women equal rights, including the Commonwealth Franchise Act 1902, the Sex Discrimination Act 1984 and the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission Act 1986, were enacted in violation of the Constitution and can only be confirmed by Referendum.
Absent an application to the High Court to annul legislation granting women equal rights as unconstitutional, women are obliged, with compulsory voting, to vote with men in a Referendum.
A successful application would remove women's rights to vote and to be elected to Parliament such that only men could vote in a Referendum.
A successful Referendum on women's rights would transfer sovereighty from a royal family to senior citizens and require the provision of women's and men's legislatures presided over by an executive of elders accompanied by courts of women's and men's jurisdiction to achieve equity.
23 May, 2008