Good news on the diplomatic front. As The Sydney Morning Herald reports today: 

Kevin Rudd has repudiated the foreign policy style of the Howard government by announcing Australia will push for membership of the United Nations Security Council in five years.

Ooh! Ooh! The Security Council … oh the wonder of us! Let’s settle for a moment. We are talking here about the rotating 10 elected seats on the Security Council. Which is to say that in five years time we might be taking the seat recently vacated by Michel Kafando, the ambassador from Burkina Faso. Or we could have a crack for Belgium’s seat, or Libya’s, or Croatia’s, maybe even Panama’s? Ah yes, the giddy heights of middle power diplomacy. One day all this will be ours.

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