Australian senator calls for 'urgent' reform after rally

Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, who represents South Australia with the Australian Greens, made the comments after tens of thousands of women gathered outside Australia's parliament and across the country on Monday (March 15), calling for gender equality and justice for victims of sexual assault. The March 4 Justice rallies were spurred by a recent wave of allegations of sexual abuse, discrimination and misconduct in some of Australia's highest political offices.

"Australian women and men want change when it comes to our justice system. It's failed women for far too long," said Hanson-Young during an interview in her office.

The protests were in response to a string of allegations of sexual assault connected to Australia's parliament, including a historic rape allegation levelled at Attorney-General Christian Porter, who strongly denies the claim.