APSNet for 20060213

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APSNet for 20060213

Austral Peace and Security Network (APSNet)

Monday 13 February 2006

Bi-weekly report from the Nautilus Institute at RMIT, Australia.

  1. PM: Troops To Stay In Iraq
  2. US Alliance Overlooks Asia
  3. Investigation Launched Into Faulty Defence Equipment
  4. Spies In Dark On Kickbacks: PM
  5. CSIRO Muzzles Climate Scientists
  6. Special Report: Volcker Inquiry, Cole Inquiry And The Oil-For Food Program
  7. Special Report: New Zealand’s Role in International Electronic Surveillance
  1. PM: Troops To Stay In Iraq,
    AAP, SMH February 2006-02-12

    Australian troops could remain in Iraq beyond the expected withdrawal of the Japanese engineers they were sent to protect, Prime Minister John Howard says. Australia’s 460-member Al Muthanna Task Group is in southern Iraq protecting the Japanese contingent, thought to be returning home in May.

  2. US Alliance Overlooks Asia,
    Geoffrey Barker, AFR*, 2006-02-13

    Keeping troops in Iraq would run counter to Australia’s long-term interests. The next US administration is unlikely to embrace the neo-conservative Bush doctrines, and the next Australian government will find itself increasingly having to balance relations with the US, China and Japan. Pressing on in Iraq is no way to start that process.

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  3. Investigation Launched Into Faulty Defence Equipment,
    Michael McKinnon and Cameron Stewart, Australian, 2006-02-13

    An investigation has been launched into the Defence Department unit charged with equipping Australian soldiers amid allegations of defective equipment and conflicts of interest. Internal Defence documents, obtained under FOI laws, revealed a range of problems.

  4. Spies In Dark On Kickbacks: PM,
    Cath Hart, Australian, 2006-02-13

    The Prime Minister revealed the Office of National Assessments (ONA) was in the dark on the kickbacks. ONA, which provides the Government with analysis of international developments based on intelligence, diplomatic reporting and public material, did not make available any reports about AWB’s dealings with Saddam, Mr Howard said.

  5. CSIRO Muzzles Climate Scientists,
    Tracy Ong, Australian, 2006-02-13

    Three of the CSIRO‘s top climate change experts were repeatedly gagged from talking about cutting greenhouse emissions by an increasingly censorious organisation worried about continued government funding.

  6. Briefing note: Volcker Inquiry, Cole Inquiry And The Oil-For Food Program

    The UN Oil-For-Food Program: Who Is Guilty?, Brian Urquhart, New York Review Of Books* 53:2,2006-02-09
    The Volcker report is certainly the most detailed and searching inquiry every undertaken. In the Inquiry Committee’s words, “This very large and very complex Program accomplished many vital roles in Iraq – Responsibility for what went wrong with the Program cannot be laid exclusively at the door of the Secretariat. Members of the Security Council must shoulder their share of the blame in providing uneven and wavering direction in the implementation of the program.”

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  7. Briefing note: New Zealand’s Role in International Electronic Surveillance

    Spies Are Our Hidden Heroes, Warren Tucker, The Dominion Post, 2006-01-31 New Zealand Government Communications Security Bureau director Warren Tucker defends the organisation after a top-secret intelligence report from 20 years ago showed New Zealand had been spying on friendly countries.

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