Does Australian country music have a race problem?

Thanks to Beyoncé, country music is cool again. But does Australia suffer from the same racial barriers as the US?
Australian country music has a complex history. Image is an older Aboriginal woman sitting in front of a microphone. A green plastic chair is behind her.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander readers are advised the following article contains the names of deceased people.

Beyoncé’s latest album, Cowboy Carter, is a deliberate and provocative affirmation of African-American voices in the US country scene. The album’s meteoric success has challenged the US country industry, which has been long criticised for its lack of diversity. Australian country music also has a history of racial segregation and gatekeeping, which contemporary artists continue to rally against. 

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David Burton is a writer from Meanjin, Brisbane. David also works as a playwright, director and author. He is the playwright of over 30 professionally produced plays. He holds a Doctorate in the Creative Industries.