Why Australia lags rest of world in political diversity

Kamala Harris is not only the first female vice-president but also the first African American and south Asian woman elected to the position.

Some Australian cultural reflexes reinforce the tendency. Many of us like diversity, but only as a therapeutic source of national pride. We don’t always like it when it challenges us. A certain disapproval seems reserved for minorities who don’t express perpetual gratitude for the opportunities presented by this great land. If you’re from a migrant background and offer criticism of Australian society, you risk being lashed as an unpatriotic ingrate.

Why Australia lags rest of world in political diversity