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Asylum seekers: the sinking of SIEV X and the boats that never make it here

Asylum seekers: the sinking of SIEV X and the boats that never make it here

Australians have a right to know the true causes of these very occasional tragic failures, in our usually very safe national intelligence-based detection and interception system, writes former diplomat Tony Kevin.

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.

Navy leaving asylum seekers in the dark about their final destination

Navy leaving asylum seekers in the dark about their final destination

Asylum seekers intercepted by Australian authorities should be informed where they are being taken. But many are still being left in the dark that they are being headed to Christmas Island, writes Pamela Curr.

Navy’s ‘use of force’ on SIEV 36 should not be covered up

Navy’s ‘use of force’ on SIEV 36 should not be covered up

It may be difficult to ever fully establish what happened on board the SIEV 36. If a gag is put on any of the relevant evidence, it will be made that much harder.

Let’s not abandon them to die at sea

Let’s not abandon them to die at sea

Another boat has sunk, leaving desperate asylum seekers to drown in their attempts to get a better life. Amongst all the tough talking and negotiations with Indonesia, we mustn't forget ourselves as a civilised nation, writes Tony Kevin.

Ghosts of SIEV X still shadow the corridors of power

Ghosts of SIEV X still shadow the corridors of power

John Howard was full of dark xenophobic attitudes which Kevin Rudd does not share, writes Tony Kevin. But concerned Australians will need to remain vigilant about the future of Australian immigration policies.

Bolt plumbs new depths in asylum seeker debate

Bolt plumbs new depths in asylum seeker debate

Comments by Andrew Bolt and co. in the 36 hours since the Ashmore explosion show politics and public debate at their absolute worst.