Intl HR law.Hon Michael Kirby.


gough whitlam lecture

Whitlam set up the Australian Law Reform Committee

intl law has ever greater impact in Oz domestic law

a world of trade and shared commitments though they are imperfect

reaction to second world war

proliferation of global problems

end of imperialism


whitlam changed australia’s self-perception

Oz engaged more and more with intl treaty law

use of intl law followed changes in domestic law

he adjusted oz to a new reality

whitlam became PM in 1972. ”our thinking is towards a more indpendent australian stance in intl affairs and not open to suggestions of racism. We will be less militaristic which will be well regarded, tolerant not only in the Asia Pacific specific region but in the world at large.”

123 treaties entered into force under whitlam

we have done much more than other governments

we are eager to get involved in intl endeavours

oz regarded as an independent voice

three treaties ratified to criminal law on extradition

treaties in nuclear power and weaponry

whitlam suggested said the 1969 election showed the people wanted their government to sign a treaty on non proliferation of nuclear arms





About Calers

Born Belfast 1971. I read history at Edinburgh. I did a Master's at UCL. I have semi-libertarian right wing opinions. I am married with a daughter and a son. I am allergic to cats. I am the falling hope of the not so stern and somewhat bending Tories. I am a legal beagle rather than and eagle. Big up the Commonwealth of Nations.

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