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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.

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...

The West’s Christmas Island ‘exclusive’ heads to the Press Council

The West’s Christmas Island ‘exclusive’ heads to the Press Council

A journalist who obtained entry to a immigration accommodation facility to interview a survivor of the Christmas Island tragedy faces claims of unethical behaviour.

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.

Christmas Island tragedy … PM’s reason irrelevant to radar system

Christmas Island tragedy … PM’s reason irrelevant to radar system

I am disturbed at the information the media are getting from senior ministers, and from unnamed or non-official sources, claiming great difficulties in detecting wooden boats moving in stormy weather across large areas of ocean.

Boat people sympathy seems to be winning

Boat people sympathy seems to be winning

Perhaps I mix in the wrong circles but I have not yet noticed any surge in anti-boat people feeling.

No one has found a solution to boat tragedies

No one has found a solution to boat tragedies

The government is already pursuing the limited options it has for preventing asylum seekers from trying to reach Australia by boat.

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.

The murky, hard to define truth about asylum seekers

The murky, hard to define truth about asylum seekers

The Government and the Opposition continue to kick around the political boat people football, arguing about push and pull factors and discrepancies in policy. But too often so-called humanitarianism is hijacked and compassion comes and goes, writes Chris Kennett.

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.