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DFAT confirms review of Aus involvement in international bureaucracies like the UN

Listen to the babble in answer - here's what the PM said:

https://www.michaelsmithnews.com/2019/10/transcript-scott-morrison-puts-the-un-in-its-place-celebrating-primacy-of-australia.html

Australia does and must always seek to have a responsible and participative international agency in addressing global issues.  This is positive and practical globalism. Our interests are not served by isolationism and protectionism. 

But it also does not serve our national interests when international institutions demand conformity rather than independent cooperation on global issues.

The world works best when the character and distinctiveness of independent nations is preserved within a framework of mutual respect. This includes respecting electoral mandates of their constituencies.

We should avoid any reflex towards a negative globalism that coercively seeks to impose a mandate from an often ill defined borderless global community.  And worse still, an unaccountable internationalist bureaucracy.

Globalism must facilitate, align and engage, rather than direct and centralise. As such an approach can corrode support for joint international action. 

Only a national government, especially one accountable through the ballot box and the rule of law, can define its national interests.  We can never answer to a higher authority than the people of Australia.

And under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests.

To paraphrase former Prime Minister John Howard, as Australians, ‘we will decide our interests and the circumstances in which we seek to pursue them.’

This will not only include our international efforts to support global peace and stability and to promote open markets based on fair and transparent rules, but also other global standards that underpin commerce, investment and exchange.

When it comes to setting global standards, we’ve not been as involved as we could be. 

We cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy.

I’m determined for Australia will play a more active role in standards setting.

I have tasked the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to come back to me with a comprehensive audit of global institutions and rule-making processes where we have the greatest stake.

 

Well done to Senator Roberts for sticking to this issue.

And to the PM - it's beyond time to get us out of the UN.

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