I subscribe to The Australian Financial Review iPad app. Every morning when I load it, I get rather depressed. The reason is that the cover page -- the thing you look at as the little wheel spins and the page loads -- has pictures of business leaders on it. There are 20 stylised images of leaders. Only five of them are women.

So much has been written and said about Julia Gillard's speech in parliament last week, and about whether the Canberra press gallery and mainstream media missed the point, that one hesitates to enter the fray.