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.
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...
A journalist who obtained entry to a immigration accommodation facility to interview a survivor of the Christmas Island tragedy faces claims of unethical behaviour.
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.
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.
Perhaps I mix in the wrong circles but I have not yet noticed any surge in anti-boat people feeling.
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 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.
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.