All in the name of human rights: Australian nationalism and multiculturalism

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNationalism and human rights
    Subtitle of host publicationIn theory and practice in the Middle East Central Europe and the Asia-Pacific
    EditorsGrace Cheng
    Place of PublicationNew York, United States
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages23
    ISBN (Electronic)9781137012029
    ISBN (Print)9780230338562, 9781349341573
    Publication statusPublished - 2012


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