Congratulations to the winners and nominees in the 2016 Australian of the Year awards. All those we heard about last night were so deserving and we proudly congratulate them all on their amazing achievements. It is particularly exciting that Lieutenant General David Morrison was named Australian of the Year, for his passion and commitment to gender equality, diversity and inclusiveness. Lt Gen Morrison is a significant Champion of Change for women's workforce participation. At the ceremony last night on the lawns of Parliament House, he said that as a nation it is essential that we provide opportunities for each and every one of us to reach our greatest potential. "Because when they do, we all benefit, and that's what true diversity is about and why I am so passionate about it and so honoured to have been chosen as your Australian of the Year in 2016," he said. After the extraordinary leadership in 2015 of Rosie Batty's campaign against domestic violence, we can feel assured that David Morrison will bring on more public discussion and debate on the way to true gender equality in Australia.