In October, Mathias Cormann resigned from his Senate role as finance minister in a bid to become the next secretary-general of the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The OECD helps devise economic policies, compiles and publishes comparative data, sets international standards and ranks the performance of school systems. It's also the likely home of a new tax on multinational tech giants which could reap up to $135 billion in extra revenue for 137 countries.
Cormann's campaign is well backed by the Morrison government, which is lobbying world leaders and has even provided a private jet for the former senator to zip around Europe to network.
While the initial outlook on his chances was pessimistic, European observers now believe he has a good shot at becoming the first Australian to lead what's often dubbed as "the most important organisation you've never heard of".
In this episode, national editor Tory Maguire and Europe correspondent Bevan Shields discuss why the government is backing former finance minister Mathias Cormann's bid.
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