Anti-Australian sentiment

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Anti-Australian sentiment refers to hostile sentiment toward the nation of Australia and/or its people.

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 Although the term "anti-Australian" predates that 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 generalized anti-Western sentiment.

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