“Australia likes to think of itself as a diverse, multicultural, egalitarian country,” notes Osmond Chiu. And yet…

There are no official statistics on the ethnic or cultural composition of the Australian population and Australia’s cultural diversity is often underestimated. The Australian Bureau of Statistics should review existing measures of cultural diversity and develop a similar demographic category to “visible minority” used by Statistics Canada.

Oz makes some other good suggestions about how to improve representation in Australian parliaments, but I think this is the linchpin. If you’re not counted, you don’t count.