Asylum seekers: progress aboard a rocky boat

By The Canberra Times
Updated April 23 2018 - 8:17pm, first published January 18 2014 - 3:00am

Forcing asylum seekers into scupper-proof lifeboats to send them back towards Indonesia was always going to be fraught with danger. The same applies to turning back or towing back Indonesian fishing boats hired by asylum seekers. The political ploy puts defence personnel at risk from desperate people who have demonstrated they are prepared to put their lives in jeopardy on a dangerous journey. It also risks angering Indonesia, which made it clear before the election it was against towbacks.

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