Women's Constitutional Convention Outcomes 2002
Held on 11-13 June 2002 in Canberra to mark the centenary of the passing of the Bill in the federal parliament on 12 June 1902 which gave all women citizens (thus excluding Indigenous women who did not get the franchise until 1962) the right to vote in federal elections.
The second Womens Constitutional Convention was attended by 120 women from around the country. For full coverage of the Convention, papers and full Convention outcomes, visit the WCC 2002 website at www.wcc2002.asn.au and find Bulletin 6.
Outcomes which relate to the Republic and constitutional change are reproduced below:Convention Statement endorsed by the delegates in attendance on 13 June 2002.
Women living democracy supporting, sustaining and recognising womens full participation in political, economic, social and cultural life.
a. Lead and represent inclusively
b. Listen and reflect on what they see and hear
c. Consult, advise and inform clearly
d. Allocate resources fairly and to account openly for public resources and government decisions
e. Make laws in good faith and see that they are kept
f. Participate in and resource honest and robust public discussions.
Action issues emerging from workshop discussions:
A new written preamble to the Constitution should be written, based on inclusive principles and formulated in consultation with key stakeholders, such as Indigenous peoples, republicans and women and men of Australia.
The right to vote should be entrenched in the Constitution.
Any Bill of Rights must include positive, sex specific rights, not merely universal human rights or anti-discrimination legislation.
In debate on a Bill of Rights, Australian women should argue for the inclusion of explicit clauses on the right to bodily and psychological integrity, including autonomy in their choice of maternity and control over reproduction.
A job description for head of state, which accords with feminist principles, should be written.
Women-friendly processes should be established for selection of the head of state
The republican movement needs women to work for constitutional reform, which might take a variety of directions.
Equal input from women in the development of a republic should be apparent at every stage of the process.
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