Abstract: ‘White Australia’ was Apartheid South Africa’s closest friend and supporter internationally. But as opposition grew in the mid-twentieth century, Australia was labeled as (an)other state of apartheid; condemned for enforcing ‘parallel’ systems of discrimination and segregation. Both countries were obliged to grapple with pressures transforming the politics of race globally - to address urgent moral and political issues confronting countries built on ‘white’ supremacy.
Bio: Roger Bell is Professor Emeritus in History at UNSW, Sydney. He has written widely on international and transnational history, comparative history, decolonisation and the politics of race. Publications include: Unequal Allies: Australian-American Relations and the Pacific War (Melbourne UP 1977); Last Among Equals: Hawaiian Statehood and American Politics (UH Press 1984 and 2018); Multicultural Societies (Sable 1987); Implicated: The United States in Australia (with Philip Bell, OUP 1993); Negotiating the Pacific Century (Allen and Unwin 1996); Conflict in the Pacific, 1937-1951 (with Sean Brawley and Chris Dixon, Cambridge UP 2005); Implicated: Americanising Australia (with Philip Bell, Network 2007); Australia and the United States in the American Century ( Curtin ARI 2006).