Australian Governmental Control During World War II

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Australian Governmental Control in World War Two
World War II was the most devastating war in history and saw more people killed, service men, women and civilians alike than any war before or since. Virtually every part of the world was included in the conflict during the years 1939-1945, and Australia was involved extensively. Due to the nature of war the Australian Government imposed a series of wartime controls and restrictions that negatively affected the everyday life of civilians. During World War II, laws were introduced that restricted individual freedoms to promote the idea of austerity. The policies included cutting consumption, going without, wasting nothing, living simply, conscription, manpower controls, rationing and censorship. Such controls over freedom and restricted rights would normally be illegal. They were deemed appropriate by the Australian Government, who justified them with the necessity to protect the nation’s security however it can now be seen that it was unwarrantable and not in Australia’s best interests.
The government’s restrictions on Australian people during WWII is such a major topic because of the way they denied people basic human rights and abused the freedoms that are unquestionable today. In his discussion paper on Rights and Responsibilities, 2014, Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner Tim Wilson defines human rights and freedoms as ‘basic standards of treatment that everyone has…(they) recognise the value of every person, regardless…

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