Republicans in the US used to be the 'foreign policy party'. With Democrats in power acting decisively on foreign policy in the Whitehouse, that's no longer the case. Mitt Romney has hit a hurdle with comments on US reponse to Libya attacks, and his misteps might cost him at the polls.
The University of Melbourne's US political analyst Dr Tim Lynch spoke to Sky News.
Human rights and international law expert Professor Hilary Charlesworth, says that Australia's appointment to the UN Human Rights Council gives the country an opportunity to examine its own human rights record.