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INTERNATION LAW AND THE CONTRADICTION OF AUSTRALIAN POLICIES Since 1992 the notion of mandatory detention for unlawful citizens seeking asylum for political racial and economic hardship was legislated by the Commonwealth Government of Australia Subsequently Australias domestic policy relating to this matter has resulted in a state of cruelty towards refugees and unsympathetic to their circumstances Furthermore the policy highlighted in the Migration Act 1958 contradicts several articles of international law of which Australia is a signatory In light of the Commonwealth Governments policy Australia has supported the participated in the concept of pre-emptive self defence which was implemented by President George W Bush of the United States of America against the Middle Eastern country of Iraq in 2003 Deemed to be a response to the September 11 terrorist attacks the terms under which the United States and its allies decided to endorse the war breached numerous areas of international law Consequently it was inevitable Iraqi citizens would flee the destabilised region as refugees In spite of Australias contribution and controversial participation to the conflict the domestic policy on refugees seeking asylum has remained unchanged Therefore Australia has unfortunately deferred in its responsibilities to willingly humanely and sympathetically accept a countrys refugee population against which the Australia military has used forced The purpose of this paper is to identify and analyse Australian Government policies that breach several jurisdictions of law and contradict several moral values in relation to the conflict in Iraq and its refugee population Established on the 1st of January 1942 the United Nations UN was formed as an international effort for countries to review their differences peacefully Since then the UN has proved to become an influential and significant player in international politics committing its resources in areas such as international peace keeping and human rights A subsidiary of the UN known as the Security Council is primarily responsible for the maintenance of international peace and security UN
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