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How authorities decide to rescue asylum seekers … or not

How authorities decide to rescue asylum seekers … or not

As the death toll among asylum seekers making their way to Australia by sea climbs to 400 in the past three years, authorities should reform their operational protocols, writes Tony Kevin.

A failure of imagination

A failure of imagination

A year on from Australia’s deadliest shipwreck since 1890, we revisited our editorial from December 2010, written, as our opening line states, as they were "still pulling bodies from the water", as pieces of SIEV221 splintered across the rocks of Christmas Island.

One year on: reflecting on the Christmas Island boat tragedy

One year on: reflecting on the Christmas Island boat tragedy

In the dark reflection of the one-year anniversary of the shipwreck of SIEV 221 – the Christmas Island Boat Tragedy – it’s time to ask ourselves and each other: what have we learned? writes Peter Chambers.

Lay off it, Scott Morrison

Lay off it, Scott Morrison

We were all collectively horrified by the Christmas Island boat tragedy last December. All sides of politics had the good sense, and the decency, to say so. And now along comes Opposition immigration spokesperson Scott Morrison...

Were Customs and the Navy ready for Christmas Island rescue?

Were Customs and the Navy ready for Christmas Island rescue?

Questions have been raised about the preparedness of Australian Navy and Customs personnel in responding to last Wednesday's Christmas Island asylum-seeker boat wreck.

And the Wankley goes to… the fastest fingers in town

And the Wankley goes to… the fastest fingers in town

Vivid images of the wrecked boat sinking off the cliffs of Christmas Island provided a stark picture of the desperate, and often futile, measures people will go to to flee persecution. But quick as a flash, even as survivors were being pulled out of the water, media commentators from both sides of politics were searching for someone to blame over the tragedy.

Crikey says: the long view lens…

Crikey says: the long view lens…

Sometimes it's easier to get a clear picture of things from some distance away...

Is Christmas Island prepared for boat tragedy?

Is Christmas Island prepared for boat tragedy?

Australian authorities were repeatedly warned over a lack of health services on Christmas Island to deal with a disaster in the mould of yesterday's boat tragedy, which has claimed the lives of at least 28 people.

Crikey says: press pause

Crikey says: press pause

They're still pulling bodies from the water.