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The hyperventilating over Cormann’s private jet is as predictable as it is short-sighted – Sydney Morning Herald

Those who argue against putting our money where our mouth is on multilateralism are accepting an Australia as a rule taker, not a rule maker.

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Labor under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard spent an estimated $25 million to win a non-permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council – a cost the then foreign minister Bob Carr described as modest. Had Malcolm Turnbull not vetoed Rudd’s bid to run for the UN secretary-general post in 2016, taxpayers would have also contributed to that effort.
The Paris-based OECD is not as well known as the UN but there is a common principle at play: Australia should be ambitious internationally.
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