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Australia voted in as a member of the UN Security Council.

Discussion in 'Australian Politics' started by Aus22, Oct 19, 2012.

  1. Aus22

    Aus22 Well-Known Member

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    This morning Australia was voted in as a temporary member of the UN Security Council. This does not give much power as we do not have a veto. However it shows recognition of Australia's unique place in the world as a Middle Power. The fact that so many African, Asian and South American countries voted for us against a European country may show that the balance of power is moving away from Europe.
     
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    well I'm glad for you if you're glad of this.

    but you may want to consider the rules before you make too many assumptions.



     
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    If Mitt becomes president he should warn Australia that Americans bring money into that country by tourism. If they piss us off in any way we will bring boycotts. Now they dont want us to do that,, do they?
     
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    they are considered friends and they bring money here in tourism and trade so lets not.
     
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    Then dont Veto any wars against us. If the arabs attack us again we will go back and bomb the hell out them!
     
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    they have no veto power as is the case with all ten of the rotating members.
     
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    gotta read these posts Steve

     
  9. Aus22

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    The point is that Australia does not belong to any of these blocks. The seat they took was meant to go to a Euorpean nation.

    The majority of tourists do not come from the USA. Lately it has been China so we will have to be careful we do not offend them.Also they provide most of our trade.
     
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    Australia belongs to the Western European block which can occupy two non-permanent seats at the Security Council and Germany and Portugal will be replaced by Australia and Luxembourg from 1 January 2013. It's the UN's efforts at window-dressing and the five permanent members of the Security Council always run the show and other non-permanent members have to go along with the Perm Five.
     
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    Third Term, There were three countries trying for the two seats in the European and others group. Australia got the highest vote. Next was Luxembourg. Finland got the lowest vote and did not get a seat. Australia won with African and South American votes against the Europeans.
    Australia does not have a veto but can vote and make suggestions. It will not follow either the USA or China and Russia on all issues.
    For example our Foreign Minister has call for a compromise in Syria where certain areas will be declare neutral. We will also be able to make suggestions on East Timor and New Guinea where we have expertise, because of our locality.
     
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    um, yes they do, they are pacific they are nothing like europe.


     
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    There are no Pacific seats so Australia had to go for the Europe and others seat.
     
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