As Judith and I have argued before, the OECD, like a number of international organisations, should be closed. It’s past its use-by-date and is searching for a new role – expanding into new areas where it has no expertise and seeking to increase the number of members.
The last international organisation to be closed was the League of Nations, thanks to WW2. Surely we don’t need another world war to close a number of international organisations which are now serving the interests of their (tax-free) bureaucrats rather than their members?
As noted on the OECD website
In May 2007, OECD countries agreed to invite Chile, Estonia, Israel, Russia and Slovenia to open discussions for membership of the Organisation and offered a programme of “enhanced engagement” to Brazil, China, India, Indonesia and South Africa. … Chile became a member of the Organisation on 7 May 2010, Slovenia became a member on 21 July 2010 and Israel became a member on 7 September 2010. On December 9 2010, Estonia became a member, once necessary formalities, including parliamentary approval, were completed.
Of those five, then, four have become full members with the exception of Russia. In a speech on 15 January 2014, the Secretary-General of the OECD, Angel Gurría, spoke approvingly of Russia joining the OECD as a full member.
No. Surely it is time for the OECD to terminate its negotiations with the Russian Federation?
Australia should address the OECD Council and state clearly: if Russia is admitted to full membership, Australia will resign its membership.