Why wasn't genocide a crime in Australia? Accounting for the half century delay in Australia implementing the Genocide Convention

@article{Scott2004WhyWG,
  title={Why wasn't genocide a crime in Australia? Accounting for the half century delay in Australia implementing the Genocide Convention},
  author={Shirley V. Scott},
  journal={Australian Journal of Human Rights},
  year={2004},
  volume={10},
  pages={159 - 178}
}
  • Shirley V. Scott
  • Published 2004
  • Political Science
  • Australian Journal of Human Rights
  • Australia ratified the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on 8 July 1949 but did not legislate to make genocide a crime in Australia until 2002. This article addresses the question as to why there was such a delay. It finds that at first the sticking point was constitutional uncertainty regarding the use of the external affairs power where the detail of the implementing legislation needs to differ from the terms of the obligations Australia has assumed by… CONTINUE READING
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