The names of our federal electorates are supposed to recognise Australians who have made outstanding contributions to our nation.
Yet the contributions of women who have helped make Australia the country it is today are dramatically underrepresented in the names of our federal electorates.
There are many women who have made outstanding contributions to Australia, but only 17 of the 150 federal electorates are named after them. We can do better.
In 2018 Labor argued Joseph Gellibrand, who is thought to be a drafter of the Batman Treaty which dispossessed several Aboriginal clans of their land, is not an appropriate namesake for a federal electorate.
The AEC is currently again considering public suggestions on the redistribution of Gellibrand. This is our opportunity to show them we want to give women the recognition they deserve.
I can think of no woman in Melbourne’s west more deserving than Joan Kirner OAM, AC.