Humanitarianism or self-serving hypocrisy? : the provision of aid to South Africa under the Hawke-Keating and Howard governments

Hammersley-Mather, Rachel Rose (2010) Humanitarianism or self-serving hypocrisy? : the provision of aid to South Africa under the Hawke-Keating and Howard governments. Masters by Research thesis, Queensland University of Technology.


General perceptions of foreign aid commonly engender images of humanitarianism and altruism, whereby the humanitarian needs of the recipient of development assistance are of the utmost priority of the aid donor. However, the Australian governments led by Hawke, Keating and Howard often gave humanitarianism a low emphasis, frequently placing Australia’s own foreign policy and economic concerns at the forefront of aid allocation – often unashamedly. This self-interest met through aid meant that most was provided to Australia’s regional neighbourhood, neglecting some of the poorest, most struggling states, including South Africa. Other issues and events, including the Cold War, apartheid, terrorism and HIV/AIDS also affected Australia’s aid policy; mostly, they were used as excuses to limit aid to states like South Africa.

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ID Code: 40742
Item Type: QUT Thesis (Masters by Research)
Supervisor: Moore, Ronald & Quanchi, Alan
Keywords: Africa, aid, aid motivations, Australian aid motivations, Australian aid policy, development assistance, Hawke, Howard, Keating, South Africa
Institution: Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 14 Mar 2011 04:45
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2011 20:01

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