Virtually all of Australia's top executives and other senior leaders have European or Anglo-Celtic backgrounds, research shows.
In a country built on immigration, where nearly one in four of its 24 million citizens are from non-European backgrounds, an Australian Human Rights Commission study finds only eight chief executives in the stock exchange's top 200 firms are from that group.
"All up there are 11 of the 372 CEOs and equivalents who have a non-European or indigenous background," says Race Discrimination Commissioner Tim Soutphommasane. "A mere cricket team's worth of diversity. These are dismal statistics for a society that prides itself on its multiculturalism."
The report, Leading For Change, says of the 30 ministers on the government's front bench none have a non-European background.