The Royal Australian Navy has reportedly intercepted two boats carrying Sri Lankan asylum seekers on the high seas. It is further reported that Australian officials are summarily assessing their refugee claims at sea, and that those whose claims are rejected may be handed back to the Sri Lankan authorities at sea. The Abbott government has refused to comment. Is this illegal? And if it is, will Australia be held to account?
Australia has probably broken the law, but it will get away scot-free
The Australian government's lack of concern for international refugee conventions probably won't come back to haunt them.