keywords: Operation Relex

  • AUSTRALIA

    Mishandling Indonesia

    • Tony Kevin
    • 13 November 2013
    6 Comments

    Labor has made a political meal of last week's mishandled asylum seeker rescue. But neither Bill Shorten nor Richard Marles has shown any sympathy for the asylum seekers themselves. Meanwhile the Coalition's stubbornness has set back relations with Indonesia, has it pressed ahead with its turn-back policy to the point where Indonesia had to say very publicly 'We will not tolerate this any longer.'

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Border protection silence is deadly

    • Tony Kevin
    • 25 September 2013
    9 Comments

    During the election campaign, both major parties made much of their humanitarian concern to stop drownings by stopping the boats. Scott Morrison offered no words on this during the first Operation Sovereign Borders briefing on Monday. Nor did Labor's official commentators. Deaths at sea have apparently dropped off the radar — at least until the next maritime tragedy, which both parties will no doubt exploit to score points.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Border protection transparency under Abbott

    • Tony Kevin
    • 11 September 2013
    13 Comments

    Labor's humanitarian achievements included routinely distributing media releases announcing every boat interception and every incident of assistance to boats in difficulty at sea. It would be tragic if under Operation Sovereign Borders the Coalition abandoned the present degree of public transparency and accountability for deaths in border protection operations on the spurious pretext that these are matters of national security.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Abbott's asylum seeker turn-back policy is a bad joke

    • Tony Kevin
    • 27 July 2012
    15 Comments

    Can Abbott and Morrison be serious about turning back the boats? Do they really want to expose the Navy to the fear, the rage, the encouragement to self-harm and lethal criminality, the emotional damage, the risks to Australian-Indonesian relations that have beset past turn-back policies?

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Remember SIEV X before waging war on boat people

    • Tony Kevin
    • 06 July 2010
    14 Comments

    Julia Gillard has invited people to say what they feel on the issue of how Australia should manage its borders. It's worth recalling what happened when an Australian Government last instructed its defence force to vigorously repel asylum-seeker boats.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Purging Howard's national insecurity

    • Tony Kevin
    • 04 April 2008
    1 Comment

    The most profound shock to Australian foreign policy was not 9/11 but our change of government in 1996. Under Rudd Labor, Australia's international agenda is once again becoming less about national security and more about being a good international citizen.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    Perilous journeys

    • Arnold Zable
    • 04 July 2006

    Refugee stories told by Arnold Zable.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Tall tales, but true

    • Kristie Dunn
    • 04 July 2006

    Kristie Dunn reviews Dark Victory by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson.

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Preparing for the fifth wave

    • Peter Mares
    • 12 June 2006

    Frank Brennan’s Tampering with Asylum prompts Peter Mares to look at this issue again.

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  • AUSTRALIA

    What is the Howard Government Up to with the Pacific Solution Mark 2?

    • Frank Brennan
    • 14 May 2006

    Father Frank Brennan discusses the Howard Government's approach to the issue of asylum seeker detention off-shore.  

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  • ARTS AND CULTURE

    Disturbing questions

    • Louise Crowe
    • 25 April 2006

    Louise Crowe reviews Tony Kevin’s A Certain Maritime Incident: The Sinking of the SIEV X.

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