Responsible international citizenry in the Asian century: Why failure to meet international obligations adversely affects Australian national interests
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If Australia is to secure its financial and security interests in the Asian century, then it must build effective working relationship in the Asia-Pacific. To do so, Australia must build familial and not merely transactional relationship in Asia. In turn, this requires Australia to present as a responsible international citizen. This image of responsible citizenry, however, is difficult to achieve when the Australian Constitution permits race-based laws and Australia’s approach to regional asylum seeker management may violate international law. This is because the hypocrisy inherent in non-compliance impedes Australia's capacity to build meaningful relationship in the Asian region. in that context, this chapter first considers race-based laws in an Australian constitutional law paradigm, and then goes on to identify some of the flaws in Australia's asylum seeker policies. it does so with a view to assess each for compliance with some of Australia's obligations under international law.
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