The role of the Governor-General under the Australian Constitution is to resolve disputes in the Parliament and empower the judiciary on behalf of the British monarch.
For instance, in 1975 the Governor-General resolved a dispute between the government and the opposition over the passage of legislation by requiring the election of a new government.
Moreover, since the courts deliver justice to individuals, the Governor-General empowers the judiciary at the level of the individual, as representative of the Head of State.
Under the Constitution in its present form, the Governor-General presides over two men's legislatures, which legislated to include women in their second year without constitutional amendment, and a men's jurisdiction at law.
The role of the Governor-General or President, under a constitution amended to deliver the same rights to women as men, is to resolve disputes between women and men.
An executive of both male and female elders, with lifetimes of experience resolving disputes between women and men, is most effectively placed to perform this function.
Should Australians decide to deliver the same rights to women as men granted themselves at Federation, the nation can look forward to a Constitution 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.
18 April, 2008