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In recent years, time-hallowed rescue-at-sea obligations have been constrained and corroded by an increasingly ruthless and cynical Australian maritime border security system. This system routinely collects large amount of human and signals intelligence on boats that may be on their way towards Australia’s […]
News today (Wednesday 4 July) that there has been another distress call from an asylum boat has brought fresh calls for a full inquiry into the sinking of the asylum boat on 21 June with the loss of around 90 lives.
“The stark contrast between the two incidents that demands an inquiry,” said Ian Rintoul, […]
The two asylum seeker boat disasters of the past week are the tragic outcome of the Australian government’s policy towards refugees. Approximately 90 people lost their lives in Thursday’s sinking, and in Wednesday’s tragedy at least one person has drowned, with several others still missing.
These deaths were preventable. They are the result of the […]
On Radio National Breakfast, 25 June 2012, Reluctant Rescuers: New book on asylum seeker policy. From http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/breakfast/reluctant-rescuers-new-book-on-asylum-seeker-policy/4089714.
Fran Kelly (FK): With the search and rescue operation over, police have now began an investigation into last week’s asylum seeker boat disaster. Rescuers have pulled 110 survivors from the water, authorities believe 90 people are still […]
With authorities calling off the search for survivors from Thursday’s asylum seeker boat disaster north of Christmas Island, concerns are now being raised about the timing of events and whether a more coordinated response by Indonesian and Australian rescue authorities could have saved lives.
“[The] Australian Maritime Saftey Authority (AMSA) was in touch with this […]
By Natalie O’Brien, The Sydney Morning Herald. From http://www.smh.com.au/opinion/political-news/australias-bungles-and-coverups-exposed-20120602-1zoiy.html:
A spy working for the Australian Federal Police was the “confidential source” who provided a tip-off that an asylum seeker boat carrying 105 asylum seekers was sinking – but the AFP and Australian Customs and Border Protection failed to pass on the information for almost […]
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