Our corrupt and evil administration here in Australia spent billions trying to buy its seat on the council. Extra foreign aid to Africa, when we're more affected by South East Asia.
You might even recall our scandal embroiled Prime Minister has made it onto your news twice now with her speeches - the first being her plagirised, tearful speech to Congress, the second being her lashing of the opposition leader. Obama was told to pay attention, that's how you do it by news sources in the US (given that her 'Sexism Speech' was lies and slander maybe that was useful advice for him).
So we're on the security council and our first chance to 'influence and shape' global policy, and we go in and abstain. The fence is such a comfortable seat.