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SUPPORTING EACH OTHER: The males at our table were there to support their partners; the 2018 and 2019 Tassie Truck Driver of the Year, Sarah Brosnan and Kerri Connors, pictured.

HOW many of us out there are getting tired of the continued saturation in all media about gender equality and gender diversity.

When is everyone going to realise we are all humans, together?

When we embrace all diversity; gender, race, religion and any other; when we hire on merit and forget about absurd quotas; when we pay everyone what they are worth and provide equal pay for equal work we will be much happier. While so much unnecessary narrative sidetracks us, nobody wins.

In the push for so-called gender equality, men seem to be discriminated against and no one objects to that although it is very unacceptable.

Yes, I lead a Women's Association but it has male members, men are welcomed at and encouraged to participate in all events and most events have a number of male and female speakers because the message is most often about the transport industry or issues pertinent to all.

Most the women in trucking are not interested in putting down the men who often assisted them along their career path and continued to support them.

I have been in the industry for over 40 years and would not have the career I have today without the male bosses, mentors and friends who have supported and taught me over the years.

I recently attended a trucking industry dinner in Tasmania and the males at our table were there to support their partners; the 2018 and 2019 Truck Driver of the Year - both females and their husbands were openly proud of them and supportive of their jobs.

We waste so much time on stuff that is not that important in the end, when we need to concentrate on matters that are more serious, such as mental health, the plight of our farmers and the safety and image of our industry.

Interest in careers in our industry is starting to grow as just this week, we were asked to provide speakers to two groups in Melbourne and Sydney to highlight the opportunities available.

Maybe this is the beginning of a new era where employment in transport and logistics becomes a desirable choice.

Now to the serious stuff, the "Driving the Difference” scholarship application must be in by October 31 and the winners will be announced at the Transport Women Australia Limited 20th Anniversary Gala dinner in Melbourne on November 16.

The World Food Logistics Organisation held it first Australian Institute in Melbourne this week and will be returning in 2020 after the three days of classes were so well received at this inaugural Chapter.

I look forward to being part of the Faculty again next year.

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