At a basic level that would mean a political system that has a minimum of 50% of its participants, from voters to parliamentarians, being women.
I would like my daughters, nieces, goddaughters, granddaughters and all future women to take political power and shape it in their image, not ask for political participation and have to change it to fit them.
I think the voting women of Australia have a five year window to take political power and shape it in their image so the women growing up now have one less battle to fight in the future.
The women growing up now will have to face a world in the merciless grip of climate change. If we have not secured 50% presence of women in all areas of social, economic and political power, women will have no voice in how they and their children survive climate change.
The female voters of Australia have one job to do in the next five years; we need to take political power from the LNP and ALP, the BIG TWO, who are dominated by men and outdated ideologies. The female voters of Australia can take political power from the BIG TWO, because if we vote as a bloc, we are the majority of Australians.
With the failure of the BIG TWO to be moral leaders in our political system, I suggest the female voters of Australia lobby our friends, family (and strangers) to withdraw our first preference vote COMPLETELY from the two major parties in the 2016 and 2019 national elections.
In the Australian Electoral system, no vote is ever wasted, but it is counted.
Your first preference is worth money to the BIG TWO, and your first preference counts towards making the BIG TWO visible in the electoral statistics.
How Much Money is Your First Preference Vote Worth?If you withdraw your first preference from the BIG TWO you will have withheld money from the BIG TWO, and you will have allowed your vote to be counted for alternatives to the BIG TWO in the electoral statistics.
The amount of election funding payable is calculated by multiplying the number of formal first preference votes received by the rate of payment applicable at the time. This rate is indexed every six months in line with increases in the Consumer Price Index.
The election funding rate from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2015 is 259.405 cents per eligible vote.
Your second preference can go to whichever BIG TWO you wish to gain power, but the second preference will not earn the BIG TWO money, nor will it be visible in the electoral statistics.
When you stand in the booth in 2016 and 2019, you can give tangible feedback to the BIG TWO that you want them to listen to the electorate, not tell the electorate what they should think.
And if female voters withdraw their support of the BIG TWO in an organised and dedicated manner, we can change the course of history in less than five years.
Because once you have decided to withdraw your first preference from the BIG TWO, you get the chance to vote for new candidates, new parties and new ideas. Your first preference will earn the new party money, and the new party will register in the electoral statistics. If your electorate is particularly lucky, someone independent could be elected on the first preference of female voters alone – a very strong message to the BIG TWO.
The electoral system in Australia is women’s most powerful tool to shape the world to be more equal for those who will face the future when we are dead and gone. At a minimum, female voters can send a strong message to the BIG TWO to ensure 50% representation faster.
If the female voters of Australia mobilise during our five year window, we can achieve a lot more than just a message to the BIG TWO; we can change them from the BIG TWO to just two out of many parties in Australian politics!
Australian Politics: What Can I Do? (within the existing system)
The first option is to participate in the existing system of political parties; a system which is biased towards men, because it is a system created by and for men. The second option is to form a political party that works within the existing system; this party should have policies focused around the needs of women in Australia.
Australian Politics: What Can I Do? (outside the existing system)
51% of Australia’s population are women; that’s a population that can elect any Government they like.
Women do not make up 51% of Australia's political representatives; challenge accepted!
Two of your first preference votes are all that is needed to effect change; one in 2016 and one in 2019.
One candidate in your electorate is all that is needed to be given a chance with your first preference vote.
One new membership in your area is all that is needed for you to be able to spend time with the women in your electorate and your country to talk about what policies you would give your first preference vote to.
Women of Australia, the Australian Government is yours if you decide to take it.