Australia’s year on the UN Security Council

I’m pretty sure that the United Nations Association of Australia is not the type of organisation I would join. It is not a well known institution even though

Established in 1946, the United Nations Association of Australia (UNAA) promotes the aims and work of the United Nations amongst Australians of all walks of life.

The National President of the UNAA Russell Trood thinks we should be proud of the Security Council’s achievements in the first of our two years as a non-permanent member of the Security Council. Trood writes

The numbers give some sense of the demands of Security Council membership: more than 300 council meetings, 47 resolutions, 22 presidential statements, and the creation of a new committee in addition to sustaining the work of the 15 existing committees.

Yes, meetings and resolutions and new committees. Apparently that proves the worth of the Security Council. Trood claims the UN has had considerable success in Syria and North Korea (I hadn’t noticed).

Meanwhile, the Abbott Government has had considerable success in reducing people smuggling, something in which the UN has no interest.

If our year on the UNSC has been so influential, why is the UN criticising the Abbott Government’s asylum seeker policy? Have we earned no influence from our membership of this apparently exclusive club?

When Syria (2002-2003) and Libya (2008-2009) were members of the UNSC, we didn’t hear a peep from the UN about human rights abuses. Indeed Gaddafi was feted by the French, with then French President Sarkozy allowing the Libyan dictator to pitch his tent in the lawns of the Élysée Palace. It was only when they were no longer on the UNSC that moves against these countries were contemplated. It seems they were able to leverage membership of the UNSC far more effectively than the Australian authorities have been.

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20 Responses to Australia’s year on the UN Security Council

  1. Baldrick

    Who elects the Australian representatives to the United Nations Association of Australia to preach to us about gender equality, environment and sustainability or human rights?
    Can’t say I’ve ever seen a ballot paper!

  2. Thomas Esmond Knox

    Very successful arming Al Qaeda in Libya and Syria.

  3. gabrianga

    Any group with Keith Souter and Robert Hill to the fore should be viewed with suspicion

    Any group that boasts about its involvement in the preparation of and participation in the Green wet dream of RIO+20 should be avoided if not put down

    link

  4. Ronaldo

    Who elects the Australian representatives to the United Nations Association of Australia…

    Unfortunately, Russell Trood was elected as a Liberal Senator for Queensland in 2004, and perhaps he feels that this gives him the right to preach on in perpetuity. For a supposedly conservative state the Queensland LP (LNP) picks some real doozies for the Senate. The soon-to-retire Senator Boyce is another one.

  5. Bruce of Newcastle

    The UN is the second worst example of noble cause corruption after the climateers.

    The UNHCR is proof. Most of the countries who are human rights pariahs voted each other onto the steering council with little or no opposition from democracies.

    Now that the UN is captured by the left and the tyrannies, the UNAA should have disbanded themselves. Since they have not, that means they have been colonised by the same ideological grouping as the UN.

    Having said that I support the UN in some of its actions: peacekeeping, refugee relief. The rest of it could be eradicated without any downside, except to brothel owners in Manhattan.

  6. Bruce of Newcastle

    Oops, sorry meant UNHRC….Human Rights Council.

  7. johninoxley

    As the greatest marxist of all, Groucho said, “If they will have me as a member, I don’t want to join”.

  8. Andrew

    Were the climateers EVER a noble cause, Bruce?

  9. Fred Lenin

    What a bureaucratic est of soshalist self servers the untidy nayshuns is arrogant selfish greedy lfeatherbedders .people with tiny uni degrees and huge egos ,none of whom have ever had a Real Job of Work.The y remind me of the alp and its left wing the greens,allthey need is to appoint okeshit and ole miz winsor to complete the circle ,Bludging Tossers!Corrupt Wankers.

  10. MT Isa Miner

    Bruce of Newcastle

    #1198739, posted on February 22, 2014 at 12:28 pm

    The UN is the second worst example of noble cause corruption after the climateers.

    The UNHCR is proof. Most of the countries who are human rights pariahs voted each other onto the steering council with little or no opposition from democracies.

    Now that the UN is captured by the left and the tyrannies, the UNAA should have disbanded themselves. Since they have not, that means they have been colonised by the same ideological grouping as the UN.

    Having said that I support the UN in some of its actions: peacekeeping, refugee relief. The rest of it could be eradicated without any downside, except to brothel owners in Manhattan.

    No Bruce mate, even the peacekeeping and refugee relief is fucked. For example ,a blogger who was there after the tsumani praises the Australians specially and US and hands the UN a well deserved serve of shit. I’ve been reading around now and even though he is a yank he seems to call it with example after example of the UN being money sucking seagulls that make a lot of noise, gobble aid money and shit over everything and leave.

    If you have time to read around his blog he seems to be on the spot to write about how bad the UN is even in the base level jobs.

  11. stackja

    UN and the Congo 1960 to today.

  12. Gab

    The UN is nothing more than a dictator’s club run by the Arabs and pandered to by their useful idiots in the West.

  13. MT Isa Miner

    Here’s a better link. Most of the posts on the UN are not up anymore but the Diplomad has reposted one or two.

  14. Mk50 of Brisbane, Henchman to the VRWC

    Worked with the UN in disaster relief.

    The UN creatures:

    - appropriated fuel meant for relief operations for themselves
    - appropriated aircraft cargo space, kicking off relief supplies to make way for their big white top-of-the-range SUV’s
    - whined incessantly about how there was only a four-star hotel available for them
    - worked from 0900 to 1600 with a two hour lunch from Tuesday clear to Thursday, almost every week
    - procured children for sex and stole from the locals

    Eventually certain others got seriously jack of it and kicked the filthy bastards out. When that occurred, they attempted to get return aircraft space to fly the UN vehicles home for private use. They claimed them as private property. This did not happen.

    Weeks after being booted, they publicly claimed all credit for all of that relief operation.

    the UN is a corrupt, incompetent transnational criminal entity.

  15. Bons

    Now that the UN is captured by the left and the tyrannies,
    Have a read of ‘The UN Gang’ a great book that exposes total Russian control of the UN Administration under Butros and Annan in the 80′s and 90′s.
    Hilarious anecdotes like his inviting Russian stooges to lunches at expensive cafes and then suggesting that the bill should be shared, or taking them out at night and watching them panic as “bed check” time approached at the Russian Dormitory and ‘Boris’ didn’t have the taxi fare.
    More seriously though the exposed corruption of the Sec Gen and the UN Administration is terrifying.
    Made me proud to have been sacked by the UN for writing to the Sec Gen exposing rampant corruption in the little UN operation that I became involved in. I was young and naive.
    No longer young but more than happy to retain that kind of naivety.

  16. Leigh Lowe

    Australia’s year on the UN Security Council

    …. will be different to all the other years, how exactly?

  17. Leigh, there will be eucalypts and bottle brushes in the flower arrangements, a barbie every Friday for lunch. Otherwise not much.
    Oh. And fosters for the dessert beer.

  18. WhaleHunt Fun

    The two fatuous bureaucrats in the Hollow Men accurately portrayed the cradle cretin stupidity of the those such as the author of the column, who think that having meetings and eating each others shit is work.
    While it may well be all that they are good for, it is not work.
    Dragging lowlife scum back to the border and shoving them off in their orange boats – that’s work, useful work.
    For the sake of us all, force these dribbly lunatics onto a hunger strike. The less shit they eat the less they befoul Gaia with their ignorance and stupidity.

  19. Robert O.

    Wasn’t Security Council membership part of Mr. Rudd’s agenda to increase his profile in the UN by buying votes all around the place with foreign aid dollars paid by the taxpayer?

  20. Anthony S Adams

    “more than 300 council meetings, 47 resolutions, 22 presidential statements”

    The Rudd/Gillard/Rudd Labor Government can be characterized in the same way. Lots of talk and no do!

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