Is there a bamboo ceiling in Australia?

An important and hard question we face is why Australians of Asian descent are under-represented in leadership positions, whether in politics or business.

Much ink and column space has been spent arguing for a greater role for women in politics as well as in business. Some of the country’s most senior political and business leaders have taken up the female diversity cause. However, few people seem to be interested in talking about another important diversity issue -- the lack of Asian Australians in leadership positions.

Australians of Asian cultural backgrounds account for nearly 10 per cent of the country’s population but they only account for 1.9 per cent of executive managers, 4.15 per cent of directors and 1.3 per cent of federal parliamentarians. 

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