Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 02:12 | SYDNEY
Wednesday 25 Nov 2020 | 02:12 | SYDNEY

Are we making another tilt at a Security Council seat?


Sam Roggeveen


30 January 2008 10:52

The SMH's weekend headline would suggest so, but Stephen Smith's quotes are less definitive: '...Australia does, from time to time, have aspirations to be a temporary member of the Security Council and it has been a while since we were in that membership.' The minister and the department could be toying with the idea, but will it get far? Getting elected to a non-permanent UNSC seat requires intense lobbying worldwide, an effort DFAT would find hard to muster, expecially given how little diplomatic representation we have in Africa. And yet, there may be veterans in DFAT who want to purge memories of our last attempt, which you can read about here (just do a search for 'rotten lying bastards' to get to the relevant paragraph).