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Australia as a Good International Citizen

Condition: BRAND NEW
ISBN: 9781862879874
Author(s): Alison Pert
Format: Hardcover
Year: 2014
Publisher: Federation Press
Dimensions: 156 x 0 x 234 (w x l x h)
Pages: 288

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From time to time, politicians describe Australia as a 'good international citizen'. But what does this mean, exactly? What constitutes good international citizenship? And does Australia really qualify as a good international citizen? This book attempts to answer these questions. Very little has been written about good international citizenship. Most of the limited literature is by international relations scholars and practitioners and therefore naturally tends to focus on Australian foreign policy. Nobody has ventured a definition of the term, or even a list of qualities that a good international citizen should possess. This book therefore begins by proposing such a list, and identifies two particularly important elements: compliance with international law, and support for multilateralism. Using these elements as a yardstick, Dr Pert then seeks to measure Australia's good international citizenship throughout its post-Federation history.
Account is given of the shenanigans of Billy Hughes at the 1919 peace conference in Versailles (not a great example of good international citizenship); the forgotten contribution to international economic and social cooperation of Stanley Bruce in the late 1930s; 'Doc' Evatt's astonishing performance at San Francisco in 1945, where the United Nations Charter was negotiated, and his personal influence on the form the new world organisation was to take; the almost dormant Menzies years; the W
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