New Sex Discrimination Commissioner Appointed
Thursday, 11th February 2016 at 3:53 pm
The Federal Government has appointed Victorian Kate Jenkins as Australia’s Sex Discrimination Commissioner for a term of five years.
Jenkins is currently the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commissioner.
The announcement comes six months after Elizabeth Broderick’s term in the position expired, after it was extended to September 2015.
— Michaelia Cash (@SenatorCash) February 11, 2016
Attorney General Senator George Brandis said Kate Jenkins had worked closely with a wide range of organisations, including the Victoria Police, to address issues of entrenched discrimination and harassment.
“Significantly, she established the Victorian Male Champions of Change strategy, building on the national program established by the former Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Elizabeth Broderick,” he said.
“She has also advanced gender equality in all areas of life with a particular focus on diversity in sport, through the Fair Go Sport and Play By the Rule campaigns.”
Jenkins is also a former partner at law firm, Herbert Smith Freehills, where she led an equal opportunity and diversity practice.
“We are deeply impressed by Ms Jenkins’ leadership on issues of sex discrimination and sexual harassment and thank her for agreeing to bring her dedication and energy to the national stage,” Senator Brandis said.
“We look forward to Ms Jenkins’ contribution to the work of the Australian Human Rights Commission where she will extend her productive relationships across the Australian Government and the broader Australian community, building on the outstanding work of her predecessor, Ms Elizabeth Broderick AO.”
— Tim Soutphommasane (@timsout) February 11, 2016