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


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]

In 1948 there were anti-Australian sentiments in Singapore by their citizens due to the treatment of one of their countrywomen.[2]

The term "anti-Australian" also predates it by decades in that by 1949, people in parts of Asia were said to have "anti-Australian feeling" over how Australia applied its White Australia policy.[3]

In 2006 "anti-Australian sentiment" was reported in East Timor.[4]

By country


Indonesia has been alleged to have a rise in "anti-Australian sentiment" because of suggestions of Australia interfering in its internal affairs.[5] A 2003 study on Indonesian aspirants for a diplomatic position reported that 95% of them had anti-Australian sentiment.[6] The post-Suharto era period also saw anti-Australian sentiment in Indonesia over East Timor.[7] In Indonesia, it is related to a generalised anti-Western sentiment.

The Australian intervention in East Timor still made the Indonesian government upset and led to it taking revenge on Australia by undermining the Australian interest in the Melanesian country.[8]


After the Christchurch mosque shootings in 2019 (which were carried out by an Australian), Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan warned that if Australians and New Zealanders with anti-Muslim views try to enter Turkey, they will be "sent back home in coffins like their grandfathers", referring to the Gallipoli campaign in World War I. Many Australians and New Zealanders were highly offended by these comments and accused Erdoğan of anti-Australianism. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern described these comments as "appalling" and "highly insensitive".[9][10]

See also


  1. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  2. ^ Massey (10 April 1948). "Anti-Australian feeling amongst Chinese in Singapore over White Australia policy". Retrieved 2 April 2021.
  3. ^ "The Sydney Morning Herald - Google News Archive Search". Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  4. ^ "AM - Anti-Australian sentiment felt in Dili". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  5. ^ "Outrage rises on Corby decision". The Sydney Morning Herald. 30 May 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  6. ^ Monfries, John (2006). Different Societies, Shared Futures. Institute of Southeast Asian Studies. ISBN 9789812303875. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  7. ^ Reuter, Thomas (18 June 2004). Inequality, Crisis and Social Change in Indonesia. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 9780203401910. Retrieved 29 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Caught in a pincer".
  9. ^ "Row deepens over Turkey's 'deeply offensive' comments". 20 March 2019.
  10. ^ "Turkey's Erdogan sparks spat with Australia, New Zealand". Associated Press. 20 April 2021.