The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) is one of the principal organs of the United Nations and is charged with the maintenance of international peace and security. Its powers, outlined in the United Nations Charter, include the establishment of peacekeeping operations, the establishment of international sanctions, and the authorization of military action.
There are 15 members of the Security Council, consisting of five veto-wielding permanent members—China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States—based on the great powers that were the victors of World War II, and 10 elected non-permanent members with two-year terms. This basic structure is set out in Chapter V of the UN Charter. Security Council members must always be present at UN headquarters in New York so that the Security Council can meet at any time. This requirement of the United Nations Charter was adopted to address a weakness of the League of Nations since that organization was often unable to respond quickly to a crisis.
Of course this means we now have to house and staff another Parliamentarian to live overseas at our expense and to spend inordinate amount of time and money sucking up to and entertaining International politicians their mates and their families. Sounds like a job for Craig Thomson.
Each year the General Assembly elects five non-permanent members (out of 10 in total) for a two-year term. In accordance with the General Assembly resolution 1991 (XVIII) of 17 December 1963, the 10 non-permanent seats are distributed on a regional basis as follows: five for African and Asian States; one for Eastern European States; two for the Latin American and Caribbean States; and two for Western European and other States.
Here we had Boob Carr having an orgasm on becoming a member of the Security Council and patting himself on the back even though he was only implanted to the position of Foreign Minister 7 months ago on 13 Mar 2012. And after receiving a speech from Rob Oakeshott proceeds to inform us
“This was a big, juicy, decisive win”,
Senator Carr said the basic cost of the consign for the seat, $24 million over five years, was not a big amount. Well Mr Carr, to YOU it may not be a large amount, however , when I am earning $1,000,000 over 5 years I might believe you. For most Australians this is a lot of money, and we still have over 110,000 people homeless that this would have provided shelter for!
Then PM Gillard starts preening about how well we are considered in the International circuit for we managed to secure a seat at a cost of (REAL COST) $40,000,000. And to secure a seat next to the heavyweights like Rwanda, Argentina and Luxembourg we have done extremely well especially when we keep into account 5 on the Non Permanent seats had to belong to Asian and African countries. This meant we managed to scrape through next to Rwanda, an truly massive feat and obviously why we needed to spend so much money to win the seat. As for Finland, they were never a issue as they are from a different region, so another untruth was allowed to spread about who we had to fight. In fact it appears to me, we had no opposition in this campaign, which they justified by spending $25,000,000 on chocolate Koalas, ok maybe not, but come on what a waste of money from this Government.
Now she will use this to keep sending our troops into impossible situations, in her unique way to secure Defence cut-backs. She has another job to reward or bribe one of her people, and she can (sorry must say it) ‘swan’ around and make her look important prior to the upcoming election.