Thanks for your comment. I tend to vote labour myself, but I wondered about the wisdom of this particular jaunt into foreign affairs.
The attached link is a comment by a former conservative senator in Australiand politics, and he confirmed what you said ie. the permanent council make the rules and policies, not the temporary members.
We’d be too small to have much effect. And Minchin was right - we should be emphasising the South West Pacific area in our own foreign policy.
I also have a peculiar pet theory that we should be developing much closer ties with Japan. I think it’s time the Japanese were not so constrained in their defence policies. They’re not the Bushido people of yesteryear, but they are one of the world’s most technologically developed nations.