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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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Blaming refugees for people smugglers’ tricks not the solution: Greens

Desperate people will keep risking everything they have and flee for Australia via leaky boats if they feel they have no other alternative because of limited protection options, the Australian Greens said today. “In the rush to punish people smugglers, we mustn’t lose sight of the bigger picture and the causes that force people to run for their lives,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “People will continue fleeing from war, torture or persecution and will always take their…

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Abbott speech shows Coalition can’t accept reality on asylum seekers: Greens

Tony Abbott has today shown he can’t accept reality and is stuck in the past by maintaining his dogma which breaches international law and punishes people rather than protects them, the Australian Greens said. “Mr Abbott keeps bleating his mantra about turning back boats and reinstating temporary protection visas, despite knowing full well their ramifications,” Greens’ immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said. “The navy says it will not turn boats around because it is well aware of Australia’s responsibilities under…

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