Australia, Indonesia, and West Papuan refugees, 1962–2009

Bibliography File Note.

Type
Journal Article

Author
Klaus Neumann

Author
Savitri Taylor

URL
http://ift.tt/2uRCspo

Volume
10

Issue
1

Pages
1-31

Publication
International Relations of the Asia-Pacific

ISSN
1470-482X

Date
2010/01/01

Journal Abbr
Int Relat Asia Pac

DOI
10.1093/irap/lcp012

Library Catalog
academic-oup-com.ezproxy.lib.monash.edu.au

Abstract
In this paper we examine the Australian government’s response to West Papuan asylum-seekers during the period 1962–2009. We argue that, throughout this period, the Australian government has attempted to appease the sensitivities of its powerful northern neighbour, Indonesia, as far as it can without outraging a domestic public sympathetic to West Papuans or drawing international condemnation by too obviously breaching international law. For the most part, it has done so by trying to avoid accommodating refugees from Indonesia, liaising closely with the Indonesian government in relation to asylum-seekers, and assuring the Indonesian government of its unequivocal support for Indonesian territorial integrity.

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