Refuge Australia: Australia's Humanitarian Record

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University of NSW Press, 2004 - History - 127 pages
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Debunks several commonly held assumptions about Australia’s humanitarian record. It demonstrates that Australian responses to various international refugee crises from the 1930s to the early 1970s were informed by self-interest rather than humanitarian concerns. It shows that Australia’s support for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the 1951 Refugees Convention was often at best half-hearted.

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A great, imformative read about migrant history and treatment in Australia. This book provides clear case examples and is very helpful for those studying the policies implemented by successive governments to sustain the outdated White Australia Policy.

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I came across this book in connection with a book I'm writing on Ugandan Asians, mostly about their/our expulsion by Idi Amin in 1972. I found the section about this in Mr Neumann's book most fascinating - and touching, by itself and as a Ugandan Asian myself. I read quite a bit of the other parts. I think it's a great book. I'd love to hear from Ugandan Asians who went to Australia. Not many were accepted then, many more have gone since and most report they have been very happy in OZ. Thank you Mr Neumann. It'd be nice to hear from you too! Vali Jamal, PhD  

About the author (2004)

Klaus Neumann is a historian based at Swinburne University┐s Institute for Social Research. His 2006 book In the Interest of National Security won the John and Patricia Ward History Prize, while his Refuge Australia: Australia┐s Humanitarian Record (2004) won the Australian Human Rights Commission┐s 2004 Human Rights Award for Non-Fiction.

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