THREATS DELIVER ASYLUM SEEKERS – Tuesday July 9 2013

– The Indonesian Navy had planned to meet a merchant ship carrying a group of asylum seekers who threatened self-harm to convince the crew to take them to Christmas Island.
New details of the drama on the MV Sichem Hawk, which rescued the group of 36 last week, came as the Coalition said Australian defence forces could have been called in to prevent the groups reaching Australia.
The Government also announced the arrival of another boat carrying 130 people yesterday, with an average of 100 asylum seekers arriving a day in Kevin Rudd’s first 11 days as PM.
Bad weather prevented the Indonesian Navy boat leaving Merak to meet the merchant vessel after the asylum seekers were rescued last Wednesday.
The ship’s company opted to take the group to Christmas Island after members had threatened self-harm.
It was unclear yesterday if the asylum seekers had broken any law but Immigration Minister Tony Burke said yesterday the AFP might investigate the incident. “If people have acted illegally then they must not benefit from that,” he said.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison drew parallels between the incident and the Tampa affair, which prompted former prime minister John Howard to call in the military.
“John Howard took a strong stand on that,” he said. “And that’s the message that we sent to the region, and we all know the result of that. You’ve got to be prepared to do this sort of stuff.”
Meanwhile, when asked about Coalition policy to turn back boats and if it would prompt asylum seekers to threaten self-harm Opposition Leader Tony Abbott said: “the Australian Government should not be expected to take responsibility for foolish actions.”
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare claimed there was no place for government intervention to force asylum seekers rescued close to Indonesia to be taken to ports in Java. Maritime conventions permit captains to take people rescued at sea to the nearest safe port.
But on Friday, Australian Customs officials rescued more than 80 people – Gemma Jones

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