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Asylum boat tragedy could have been averted: policy change can save lives; rescue too slow

From the timeline of contacts between Australian authorities and the capsized asylum boat indicated by Home Affairs Ministers, Jason Clare, it seems that more timely action by the Australian rescue authorities could have averted the latest asylum boat tragedy. “There is a need for a full inquiry into the information that all Australian authorities had about this boat,” said Ian Rintoul, spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition. “The lack of coordination between Indonesia and Australian rescue authorities is a serious…

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Australian Greens statement on asylum boat tragedy

The sinking of an asylum seeker boat north of Christmas Island yesterday is a tragedy, the Australian Greens said this morning. “Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this awful tragedy, and we hope that as the rescue operation continues more survivors will be found,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “We express our support for the brave efforts of all Australian and Indonesian personnel involved in the rescue effort. “The Australian Greens reaffirm our…

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