'Refuge Australia' 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.
This book was awarded the 2004 Human Rights Award for Non Fiction, presented by the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission. For more details and judges' remarks, see: http://www.unswpress.com.au/isbn/0868407119.htm.