The Queen can't visit us anymore as she is too old to travel in luxury for such long distances. Luckily she has her representatives in Australia, except she does not pay for them. We do. It really is a ridiculous thing, but if we rid ourselves of The Queens representatives, others would take their place in similar roles. They mostly do good works in the community, opening metaphorical fetes etc, but they do have to put their signatures to any government legislation.
You need some information. The Commonwealth of Australia has a Governor General, technically appointed by The Queen, but it is on the advice of our Federal Government. At the moment it is a bloke but the previous one was a woman and the first female Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce.
Then each state has a Governor, also technically appointed by The Queen, but practically, on the advice of the State Governments.
Governor sounds quite blokey, yes? Dame Roma Michell was the first female governor in Australia, appointed as Governor of the State of South Australia in 1991. Oddly, while the state capital of South Australia, Adelaide, is described as the city of churches, it has always been quite socially progressive.
Then there is the Northern Territory, another case altogether. The NT does not want to become a state as its status as an Australian territory means it is funded by the Federal Government. It is not a state and so does not have a Governor but it does have an Administrator, appointed by Australia's Governor General, remembering that the GG is The Queen's rep in Australia, but the appointment is on the advice of the Federal Government, but of course also in consultation with the Government of the Northern Territory.
I am not going to list all the female Governors of Australia, but I think every state has had at least one. At the moment the balance is:
New South Wales, male
South Australia, male
Western Australia, female
All very nicely balanced until you add in the Northern Territory Administrator, male.
Nearly oops, forgot the ACT. I felt EC drumming her fingers at my neglect. Unlike the Northern Territory, the Australian Capital Territory does not have an Administrator. It has the seat of our federal government in the city of Canberra and The Queen is represented in the ACT by our Governor General of Australia, a male.
Does the Governor General and the Governors have any real power. They do indeed. They must sign off on legislation before it becomes law and they do this in the name of The Queen. In 1975 in the name of The Queen, the Governor General of Australia sacked Australia's Prime Minister.