Thursday, June 22, 2006

Japan monitors North Korea

Japan dispatches ships and planes to monitor developments in North Korea as that country prepares to test a long range missile. Fukushiro Nukaga, the head of Japan's Defense Agency, told a parliamentary committee that Japan had deployed naval ships and patrol planes to monitor developments in North Korea as the country apparently prepares to test a long-range missile believed to be capable of reaching Alaska.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Australian Senate Overhaul

The Government's proposal will gut the Senate inquiry structure, allowing it to avoid embarrassing scrutiny of legislation and political controversies such as the children overboard scandal. The Prime Minister John Howard rejected claims it would entrench government power and allow the Coalition to avoid scrutiny.
From News Limited.

THE Howard Government is reaching for more control over the Senate by overhauling the committee system. The Labor leader, Kim Beazley, said: "The Senate has become a great institution of accountability and, like all instruments of accountability in this country, this government is trashing it. It's … an evil act."
From Fairfax Digital network