Despite decades of government policy, women earn 15.3% less than men, with discrimination, childcare and industrial segregation driving the disparity

On Monday, breakfast TV personality Lisa Wilkinson abruptly departed her position as host of Channel Nine’s Today show after almost a decade in the job, reportedly because the network would not meet her pay demands.

Sources said Wilkinson was offered $1.8m for the breakfast show gig next year but was asking for $2m – closer to what is paid to her co-host, Karl Stefanovic, who is said to be on a $6m three-year deal.

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