White Geopolitics of Neo-colonial Benevolence: The Australia-Philippine 'Partnership'

Elaine Laforteza

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This paper tracks the processes through which Australia is constituted as an authoritative regional power within the Asia-Pacific, and in concurrence, how Australian peoples are cited as benevolent neighbours in relation to the Philippines and Filipinos. I focus on two bilateral projects: the General Agreement on Development Cooperation (GADC) and The Philippines: Beyond the Crisis study. Through this focus, I investigate the triumphalist narrativising of the Australian nation/self that shifts the focus from neo-colonising initiatives to a celebration of Australianness. This paper thus seeks to expose the underbelly of conspicuous compassion that governmental tracts deploy.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalThe Australian Critical Race and Whiteness Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • whiteness
  • Philippines-Australia bilateral relationships
  • colonialism
  • development


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