My Work

At the heart of my work has always been the fight for gender equity and gender equality. It may come as no surprise that I grew up the daughter of a feminist journalist! I was the youngest woman to lead an Australian political party, and recently had the honour and challenge of serving as Australia's Ambassador for Women and Girls (2013 to 2016).

As founding chair of Our Watch, I lead a national organisation committed to preventing violence against women and their children. [this gives me the opportunity to effect change] [this takes causes I championed in Parliament...] [we are now seeing a real change in Aus... but to really changes minds and tackle the epidemic of violence...]

Internationally, I serve on The World Bank's Advisory Council on Gender and Development; main external consultative body helping to promote gender equality around the world.

[comment... recently released report. Proud to be part of it...]

Internationally and within Australia my work focuses on women's leadership, particularly in parliament; women's economic empowerment; and eliminating violence against women and girls.


Boards and councils:

  • The World Bank Group's Advisory Council on Gender and Development
  • The Referendum Council: Advising the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition on progress and next steps towards a referendum to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution.
  • The Australian National University (ANU) Council
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