The Australian Electoral Committee is undertaking redistribution (changing names) of federal electorates in Victoria.
Overall, we do not believe that the proposed naming changes sufficiently recognise the contributions made by women within Victoria. The public ‘suggestions’ and ‘comments’ identified fourteen women who had made impactful differences within the community, yet only two women, May Cox and Dame Annie McNamara, have been successfully selected for this honour.
While another woman, Lady Gladys Nicholls, will be honoured alongside her husband Sir Douglas Nicholls, this “joint recognition” will not affect the rate of individual women who are honoured by this process, nor contribute to closing the gap between male and female representation.
In our submission we discuss how the processes of naming electorates has systematically overlooked the achievements of women, and outline how these proposed changes fail to rectify the disparity between the representation of men and women within electoral names.
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