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.
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.
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.
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.
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.