Australia's Constitution provides for the removal of all women from parliament by reason of their gender with simple majorities with state parliaments of the legislatures it enables suspending laws which enfranchised women in the first place, including the Prime Minister, half the state Premiers and if it is held a woman must vote to hold office, the Governor-General and three justices of the High Court.

Why would OriginalAustralians with a tradition of women as their own bosses, of matrilineage for instance, want recognition in a constitution which treats women as second-class citizens, without substantial reform to enable governance conducted by agreement between women's and men's legislatures, courts and corporate committees?

Surely, genuine recognition in the constitution of Original peoples can only occur with provision for a women's legislature, which in itself would constitute recognition.

10 February, 2011