During the 1980s and 1990s a radical Australian nationalist group known as National Action emerged to challenge government policies and social initiatives to promote multiculturalism. Like those who advocated multiculturalism, National Action's supporters insisted their struggle was in defense of human rights. They claimed that they were defending the individual rights of Australian citizens as well as their collective rights in the form of the common good of the nation. Supporters of multiculturalism, on the other hand, sought to achieve special rights protections for particular groups in Australia and rejected the implied primacy of majoritarian interests advocated by nationalist groups. Therefore, in Australia, both supporters and opponents of multiculturalism have invoked human rights as the basis for action. This historical case study focusing on National Action illustrates how, while each group perceives their 'struggle' as a defense of human rights, they at the same time can be unwilling to acknowledge or respect the rights claims of others.
|Title of host publication||Nationalism and human rights|
|Subtitle of host publication||In theory and practice in the Middle East Central Europe and the Asia-Pacific|
|Place of Publication||New York, United States|
|Number of pages||23|
|ISBN (Print)||9780230338562, 9781349341573|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|
Whitford, T. (2012). All in the name of human rights: Australian nationalism and multiculturalism. In G. Cheng (Ed.), Nationalism and human rights: In theory and practice in the Middle East Central Europe and the Asia-Pacific (1 ed., pp. 47-69). Palgrave Macmillan.