Australian Customs

Fate of group held on ship back before court

Sarah Whyte The High Court challenge on behalf of more than 150 asylum seekers being held on an Australian customs ship on the high seas will resume on Friday.

Asylum seekers in limbo on high seas

High Court

Michael Gordon, Ben Doherty and Sarah Whyte More than 150 asylum seekers, including about 40 children, face living in limbo on the high seas in an Australian customs vessel for weeks, while their fate is decided in the High Court.

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That's a bit rich: PM's growing army of spin doctors

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Sarah Whyte The Abbott government has created a hub of 37 communication and social media specialists to monitor social media and offer strategic communications advice costing taxpayers almost $4.3 million a year.

Tamil Asylum seeker boat may be forced back

Asylum seekers may be forcibly returned to south Asia: Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

Ben Doherty, Heath Aston and Jason Koutsoukis Tamil asylum seekers believed to have been intercepted on a stricken fishing vessel off Christmas Island might be forcibly returned directly to south Asia by the Australian government.

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Customs chief's brother who lied to inquiry avoids criminal conviction

Nick Ralston Brother of Australia's Customs boss escapes criminal conviction after he confessed to lying to an inquiry investigating corruption at Sydney airport.

Antarctic collision escalates whaling conflict

Yushin Maru Steve Irwin

Andrew Darby Japanese whaling ships launched a mission to break a conservationist hold on their Antarctic hunt on Sunday, almost shaking their key factory ship free.

Customs may cut hundreds of jobs after minister says no to deficit

Australian Customs

Noel Towell Hundreds of Australian Customs officers are facing the sack after the Abbott government refused to give the department permission to run a $30 million budget deficit.

Vomitous and terrifying: the lifeboats used to turn back asylum seekers

Australian customs lifeboat

Michael Bachelard The bulbous orange lifeboat wallowing in the shallows off the coast of Central Java is an unlikely looking weapon - but it's proving highly effective in Australia's military campaign against asylum...

Secret asylum boat report withheld from police

Siev 358

Natalie O'Brien A top-secret report into the Australian authorities’ response to the distress of the ill-fated asylum seeker boat known as the SIEV 358, was deliberately withheld from a West Australian police...

Customs welcome Siev 358 inquest findings

Australian Customs chiefs say they will improve their "information sharing" after being criticised by the coroner investigating the sinking of an asylum seeker boat with the loss of 102 lives.

First asylum boat for new year

asylum seekers

Adam Carey The Australian navy has reportedly intercepted a boat filled with asylum seekers in waters north of the Northern Territory coastline.

Activitists on tail of fleeing Japanese whaling ship

MINKES AWAIT PROCESSING ON JAPANESE FACTORY SHIP NISSHIN MARU.

Andrew Darby Activist ships were clinging grimly to the wake of the Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru, after it was caught butchering minke whales in the Antarctic.

Anger grows in Indonesia as video emerges of Australian Navy turning asylum-seeker boat around

Asylum seeker boat - Christmas Island. 100704.

David Wroe Australia's turning back of at least one asylum-seeker boat to Indonesia has sparked political anger in Jakarta, with senior politicians warning it could further damage the already fraught...

Nimal's long journey to Australia has an ending at last

Michael Bachelard Sri Lankan refugee Nimal is coming to Australia. This may not seem a newsworthy event, except that, in 2009 and 2010 this man played a leading role in one of the most extraordinary events in the...

Asylum campaign needs vetting: Indonesia

Labor's ad campaign.

Michael Bachelard The Australian Customs and Border Protection Department says it's "committed to working cooperatively with the Indonesian Government to gain their support" for an Australian advertising campaign.

Post sheds light on ASIO terror targets

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Philip Dorling Statistics released by Australia Post show agency concentrating efforts on very small number of targets.

International drug bust nets 750kg of cocaine

A Customs officer with some of the packaged cocaine, seized as part of Operation Basco which commenced in July.

Matthew Raggatt An international law enforcement operation has seized 750 kilograms of cocaine bound for Australia.

90 asylum seekers rescued near Christmas Island

Two navy vessels have gone to the aid of 90 asylum seekers on a boat northeast of Christmas Island following distress calls.

Playboy model Brandi Brandt awaits extradition to Australia

Former Playboy playmate Brandi Brandt

Peter Mitchell LOS ANGELES: Brandi Brandt was the quintessential California rock goddess of the 1980s and early '90s, a Playboy model and actor with big hair best known for marrying Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx.

Australia ignored boat rescue call, claims survivor

Asylum

Michael Bachelard, in Cikole, Indonesia and Bianca Hall Survivors from a boat that sank off the south of Java said they had raised the alarm with Australian authorities, passing on their exact location at least 24 hours before their boat sank with the...