In terms of gender equality, we really must do better
I began my new role as Australia's Sex Discrimination Commissioner knowing there are three areas that require immediate attention.
We have to address the prevalence of violence against women and girls in this country. It's a disgrace.
We also have to address the lack of diversity at decision-making levels. Women are significantly under-represented in management and at board level in the public, private and community sectors and in government.
And without equal pay and better lifetime economic security for women and girls, we will never achieve an equal society. In Australia today, the average, full-time, weekly earnings for women is 17.3 per cent less than for men. This really needs to change.