The West Australian senator will leave politics at the end of the month, two months than earlier planned, to start lobbying for next year’s vacancy for OECD secretary-general.
The Morrison government is seeking bipartisan support for the nomination of Senator Cormann.
Shadow treasurer Jim Chalmers said Labor was considering the nomination.
“Clearly the overarching principle is that we want Australians to making a contribution on the world stage but we haven’t come to a concluded view,” Chalmers told Sky News’ Sunday Agenda program on Oct. 11.
But he pointed out the coalition government did not have a good record of supporting bipartisan nominees for key international institutions, notably when it wouldn’t back former Labor leader Kevin Rudd for a role at the United Nations.
“(That) clearly was not good enough and not in the national interest,” Chalmers said.
“We’ll have further discussion and when we come to a concluded view, you’ll hear from Anthony (Albanese) about it.”