The chief justice of Nauru, Australian Geoffrey Eames, has resigned two months after his visa was revoked by the government.
Malaysian authorities have denied their efforts to find a missing passenger jet are mired in chaos, as they justified their decision to enlarge the search area to hundreds of kilometres from the plane's flight path.
At a combative news conference on the fifth day of the vast hunt, transport minister Hishammuddin Hussein said officials would "never give up hope" of finding Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and its 239 passengers and crew.
The hunt, involving 42 ships and 39 aircraft from several nations, had focused on Vietnam's South China Sea coast where the plane last made contact on Saturday.
But the search has been expanded to the Andaman Sea north of Indonesia, hundreds of kilometres away, fuelling allegations that the response is in disarray and lacking coordination.
Officials have enraged passengers' relatives and sparked international ridicule for a series of contradictory and vague statements regarding the plane's possible fate and circumstances surrounding its disappearance.
Former Treasury secretary Ken Henry says the GST will have to be raised in the future and warns budget cuts will not be enough to fund spending on new social programs.