Tag Archives: Christmas Island

AFP FUNDING BECOMING AN ISSUE

Friday August 30 2013 – The Australian Federal Police has no operational power in Indonesia, but when people smugglers are busted by Indonesian police, Australian manpower and money are often playing a role in the background. Head of the AFP … Continue reading

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DEADLY DELAY IN BOAT RESCUE – Sunday July 14 2013

– Customs and Border Protection waited hours before directing its ship to go to the rescue of a foundering asylum seeker boat that eventually capsized on Friday night, killing a baby boy and leaving eight other people missing, feared drowned. … Continue reading

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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, … Continue reading

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SAS PROPOSAL UNDER ATTACK – Tuesday July 9 2013

– Moves by the Australian government to use special forces to board merchant vessels carrying asylum seekers could spark international diplomatic incidents, a law of the sea expert said. ANU’s Professor Don Rothwell was responding to opposition immigration spokesman Scott … Continue reading

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TERRORIST CLEARED BY MISTAKE – Friday May 31 2013

– A convicted Egyptian terrorist who arrived in Australia by boat as an asylum seeker was mistakenly cleared by ASIO for release into the community even though he was on an Interpol red-alert list. Even after the mistake was realised, … Continue reading

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PEOPLE-SMUGGLING TASKFORCE CUT – Saturday May 18 2013

– The federal government is cutting by 40% the Australian Federal Police contingent in Jakarta which focuses on people smuggling, as a record number of refugees continue to leave Indonesia to come to Australia. The cut from July 1st comes … Continue reading

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ACCUSED PEOPLE SMUGGLER ‘WAS AFP INFORMER’ – Thursday May 16 2013

– The alleged people-smuggling boss Sayed Abbas, wanted in Australia on several charges, claims he was a police informer before being abandoned by his handlers. Mr Abbas is fighting his extradition from Indonesia to Australia, where authorities want to prosecute … Continue reading

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DPP WARNS OF TOUGHER LINE ON CROP HOUSES – Tuesday March 12 2013

– Victoria’s director of Public Prosecutions has declared his intention to act severely against the organisers of large-scale, syndicate-based marijuana crop houses. DPP John Champion, SC, has signalled the tougher stand by uplifting a case against a senior syndicate member … Continue reading

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LIFE IN REVIEW – Saturday March 2 2013

– It’s almost dinner time in a leafy neighbourhood in Sydney’s outer west. A group of small boys is immersed in a game of soccer. A toddler glides shakily by on a bike he has only just learnt to ride. … Continue reading

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BOAT ARRIVALS SHIPPED OUT – Sunday January 13 2013

– Seventy asylum seekers were transferred from Christmas Island to processing centres at Manus Island and Nauru yesterday. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship said 30 men – mostly Iraqis and Iranians – had been taken to Nauru yesterday morning. … Continue reading

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