More than 70 people have lodged objections to the proposed redistribution of the ACT's federal electorates, with almost all submissions opposing naming the new electorate Bean.
Labor MP Mike Kelly was among those who objected to an electorate being named after Charles Bean, referring to his efforts to prevent the promotion of Sir John Monash in the Australian army.
"While contributing greatly to the preservation of our national story Bean had a clear record of racism throughout his life and most particularly was stridently anti-semitic," Dr Kelly wrote.
"This anti-semitism played out most notably through the enormous amount of energy he committed to attempting to prevent Sir John Monash from becoming the commander of Australian forces on the Western Front in World War One and to having Monash removed when he was so appointed."
Dr Kelly told Fairfax Media that it was a personal submission and not necessarily the view of the Labor party. The Labor party did not make a submission, while the Canberra Liberals objected to the proposed boundaries dividing the three electorates.
Many submissions labelled Bean anti-semitic and racist, and quoted a line from his diary, where his language about Monash referred to his Jewish background.
"We do not want Australia represented by men mainly because of their ability, natural and in-born among Jews, to push themselves," Bean wrote.
One objection to the name "Bean" quoted a biography of John Monash by former deputy prime minister Tim Fischer, who said on Monday that Bean underestimated Monash and more than once referred to his Jewish background.
"On balance I do not feel that this error by Bean, with a touch of anti-semitism, should preclude the use of his name for a new seat in Canberra," he said.
The Australian Electoral Commission announced the proposed boundaries and the proposed name for the new electorate last month, with the names Fenner and Canberra to be kept for the other two electorates.
Many objections to the name of Bean called for the new seat to be named after a woman, or to recognise the Indigenous history of the area. There were many alternative suggestions for the electorate's name, with some calling for the electorate to be named Cullen after Aboriginal activist Ningali Cullen. Cullen was one of three short-listed names considered by the redistribution committee.
A handful of objections also mentioned the connection that many people make between the name Bean and the comic character Mr Bean played by actor Rowan Atkinson in the 1990s.
Some submissions also objected to the proposed boundaries for the new electorates, which divide the Woden along Hindmarsh Drive between two electorates. There were also objections to the boundary that would result in some suburbs of Belconnen voting in the electorate of Fenner while others would be in the electorate of Canberra.
The Canberra Liberals objected to the boundaries that divided the town centres, saying that the proposed boundaries were aligned closely with what was proposed by the Labor party.
"These are very specific areas that are economic and social communities. Out [sic] town centres are vital to the character of the ACT and ACT residents’ value and identify with the distinct communities centred on them," the submission said.
The Canberra Liberals said they welcomed naming the new electorate after Charles Bean in recognition of his contribution to Australia's military history.
Members of the public are now able to make comments on the objections until May 21, with the commission to make the final determination in July.