Colleagues and scholars from coast to coast, across Bass Strait and all the ships at sea.
Dateline: Australia, National Reform, August 2015.
Australia is operating on only 2 cylinders. Putt-putting along on a road of not too much, to nowhere in particular, in no time at all.
Australia is nowhere near reaching its full potential as a nation.
Because half of our population, half of our talent, half of our creativity, half of our intelligence, half of our drive, is shut out of the key positions of power and influence.
We are desperately lacking the X-Factor, or to be specific, the Double X-Factor.
The current Federal Cabinet consists of 19 members.
Women now account for TWO of that number - that's right, count them slowly - two women in a cabinet of nineteen.
That equates to 10.5% women and 89.5% men.
Exhibit B: (from a study by Conrad Liveris)
The ASX200 listed companies are led by 200 Chief Executive Officers and 200 Chairs, a total of 400 key commercial positions.
Women hold 23 of those positions. Yes, that's right, 23 out of 400.
That equates to 5.75% women and 94.25% men.
Of the 40 Chief Executive and Chair positions in the ASX20 companies, ONE is held by a woman. JUST ONE. ONE.
That equates to 2.5% of the positions held by one woman and 97.5% by men.
Does anyone think this situation is remotely desirable?
If we are genuinely serious about reforming the Australian economy, then this ridiculous situation needs to be reformed first otherwise we are just tinkering at the edges.
Even Mr Magoo can see that.