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Aussie pollie Mathias Cormann to lead OECD


The term of the current Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will come to an end on 30 June 2021. Nominations are open for candidates to become the next Secretary-General, with nominations having closed on the 1st of November. The decision is expected by 1 March 2021 at the latest.

Mathias Cormann announced he was stepping down as Finance Minister of Australia in order to run for the position of Secretary-General. Cormann faces nine competitors. In his favour is the US and EU being apparently reluctant to support the other's candidate but working against him is the Australian Government's poor record on climate change.

Bipartisan support within Australia is likely needed for Cormann to have a chance. The Coalition torpedoed former Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's bid to become UN Secretary-General, but the Labor Party has said they will support Cormann's bid.

Australia has provided Cormann with flights on an Air Force plane to help his bid.

Will Mathias Cormann become the next Secretary-General of the OECD?

Question resolves positive on an official statement by the OECD that Mathias Cormann is appointed the next Secretary-General.

If the term of the current Secretary-General José Ángel Gurría Treviño is shortened or extended for any reason, this will resolve positive if Mathias Cormann is the next elected Secretary-General of the OECD.

If for some reason Gurría does not complete his term, selection of an acting Secretary-General will not result in this question resolving negative.


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