Claims Australian politics and media are ‘too Anglo’ | Daily Mail Online

Interesting no comments on political representation, where Australia’s numbers are poor for visible minorities:

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for more ‘cultural diversity’ in politics and the media because both are currently dominated by ‘Anglo-Celtics’.

In a submission to a Senate committee looking at ‘Strengthening Multiculturalism’, the AHRC urged the government to create a federal agency to collect data and report on diversity within leadership positions.

‘While Australia is highly socially mobile, there is an underrepresentation of cultural diversity in positions of leadership, as well as in the media,’ the AHRC said.

The Australian Human Rights Commission has called for more ‘cultural diversity’ in Australian leadership positions because the default currently remains Anglo-Celtic

The AHRC has urged the federal government to create a federal agency to collect data and report on diversity within leadership positions. Pictured, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

‘The Commission believes that increasing cultural diversity in leadership and in the media would strengthen Australia’s multiculturalism.

‘A lack of diversity in leadership and in the media could conceivably lead to a perception of what it is to be ‘Australian’ that does not reflect our multicultural character.’

The AHRC noted ‘The ethnic and cultural default of leadership remains Anglo-Celtic’ and warned the nation ‘may not be making the most of its cultural diversity’.

Their submission also quoted a study carried out by Screen Australia which found non-Anglo-Celtic groups were being underrepresented on national television dramas.

Source: Claims Australian politics and media are ‘too Anglo’ | Daily Mail Online

Link to submission: (PDF 230 KB)

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