Paul Cotton furthers yeterday's discussion on what Australia is doing to further its ambition for a seat on the UN Security Council:

Further activity in support of the Security Council bid can be seen in the Defence Minister’s recent visit to meet Ministers at the Africa Union meeting in Addis Ababa and the Governor- General’s coming visit to Africa. The GG’s visit will lead to return visits from Africa which can be used for further lobbying.

Of course the real effort will go in attempting to persuade Finland to withdraw from the race. With Finland out, Australia could be the Western Europe and Other Group selection and election practically assured.