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The lack of diversity in Australian leadership

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My entire life, the perfect formula for how to be a leader was clear. Either you are born with it naturally or it would never come. This recipe of leadership comprises strength, bravery, fearlessness, power and ... a certain gender?

Varsha Krithivasan.

Regardless of your political views, if you are part of any minority in Australia, you are always disappointed by the 'recipe' of Australian leadership. For a country that prides itself on a foundation of diversity, multiculturalism, inclusion and meritocracy; the Australian Parliament still doesn't reflect our community.

Not to be entirely pessimistic, our parliamentary system is slowly becoming more diverse, both in gender and ethnicity. The 2019 election saw 23 newly elected women making their way to Canberra. As well as this, notably the first Indigenous person - Ken Wyatt who is a Noongar man from Western Australia, is finally filling the appointment of the Minster for Indigenous Affairs. But we need more than small wins.

We need to stop seeing diversity as an obstacle to our success as leaders. I want to believe that glass ceilings and disadvantages will not hinder me when I finally reach the workforce, but as an 18-year-old Indian........

© Canberra Times