Anti-Australian sentiment

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

History and use of the term[edit]

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 has been alleged to have a rise in "anti-Australian sentiment" because of suggestions 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, it is related to generalised anti-Western sentiment.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  3. ^ "AM - Anti-Australian sentiment felt in Dili". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Outrage rises on Corby decision". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Different Societies, Shared Futures". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia". Retrieved 29 April 2016.