An Independent Queensland Regional & Rural
(Cairns... Far North Queensland)
is a signatory to a large number of international agreements and treaties, many
under the auspices of the United Nations.
to DFAT, a treaty is "an agreement between States (countries) which is
binding at international law. In some cases international organisations can be
parties to treaties. A treaty may also be called a ‘treaty’,
‘convention’, ‘protocol’, ‘covenant’ or ‘exchange of letters’.
An agreement between an Australian State or Territory and a foreign Government
will not, therefore, be a treaty. Even if a document is agreed between two or
more sovereign countries, it will not be a treaty unless those countries intend
the document to be binding at international law."
- between Australia and one other country (eg. Timor Sea Treaty with East Timor)
Multilateral - between three or more countries (eg. the United Nations charter)
Written and Authorised by Selwyn Johnston, Cairns FNQ 4870