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Anti-Australian sentiment


Anti-Australian sentiment

Anti-Australian sentiment (also known as Australophobia or Anti-Australianism) refers to hostile sentiment toward the nation of Australia and/or its people.


  • History and use of the term 1
  • Indonesia and Anti-Australian sentiment 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4

History and use of the term

One of the earliest references to the specific phrase "Anti-Australian sentiment" occurred in 1983 in relation to anti-independence groups in New Caledonia.[1] However the term "anti-Australian" predates this by decades and by 1949 people in parts of Asia were said to have "anti-Australian feeling" over how Australia applied its White Australia policy.[2] In 2006 "anti-Australian sentiment" was reported in East Timor.[3]

Indonesia and Anti-Australian sentiment

Indonesia has been alleged to have a rise in "anti-Australian sentiment" over any suggestion of Australia interfering with its internal affairs.[4] A 2003 study on Indonesian aspirants for a diplomatic position reported that 95% of them had anti-Australian sentiment.[5] The Post-Suharto era period also saw anti-Australian sentiment in Indonesia over East Timor.[6] In Indonesia this relates to generalised anti-Western sentiment.

See also


  1. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald
  2. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald - October 4, 1949
  3. ^ ABC Online
  4. ^ Sydney Morning Herald
  5. ^ Different societies, shared futures by John Monfries, pg 77
  6. ^ Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia by Thomas Anton Reuter, pg 33
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