The characters portrayed included a Tibetan and Belarusian, and a Greek character would soon appear on the show, they said.
Britain’s Equal and Human Rights Commission chairman Trevor Phillips made the comment this week after receiving complaints from black and Asian viewers.
“There are minority faces on TV, but it’s that we’re not getting it right, because we do not really have any minority decision-makers,” he said.
Dr Szoke, head of the Victorian Equal Opportunity and Human Rights Commission agreed.
“If you do think about those shows, how many have indigenous actors, how many have Sudanese actors, how many have actors from Iraq or those who are clearly of Muslim faith?” she said (did she Kick?).
She said shows such as Neighbours and Home and Away should rise to the challenge and create more diverse characters.
But Neighbours executive producer Susan Bower said that over the years Ramsay St had hosted characters and actors from many cultural backgrounds.
“Our core cast are from diverse ethnic backgrounds including French, Italian, South African, Maltese, Danish, Portuguese and Swedish,” she said. “As with all drama series, Neighbours has always cast the best actor for the role,” she said.