By detaining the Papua Five for a minor border infringement, Indonesia is sending a clear message to Fisheries Minister Tony Burke: stop treating our fishermen as criminals and burning their boats.

Actually it is a message to the rest of us too. We have all have sat and watched "authorities" burning boats on the evening news in passive agreement for years. We accept that vessels that have fished the same waters for hundreds of years are suddenly a threat to sharks, turtles ... all the charismatic species we like to watch on TV but that other people rely on for food.