Refugee Boat Timeline Updated to January 5th

THERE WAS A TOWBACK

 NOW ALL OVER THE INTERNET

Read of today’s events below.

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The updated, weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

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arrival list

To find older information click here

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5th Jan

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security

WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies just to the north of Christmas Island. Forecast for the rest of Sunday 5 January A few showers with the chance of a thunderstorm. Winds: Southeasterly 5 to 10 knots. Seas: Below 1.0 metre. Swell: Southerly 2.0 to 2.5 metres. (BOM)

Cirabon; 30C, wind 10Kmh variable, showers est 12mm

THE INFORMATION I WITHDREW YESTERDAY

Everything following in this post is based on the unconfirmed report below. Should it be proven to be false in the future, then corrections will be made.

As it was dangerous to the informant, who has apparently escaped from Indonesian Police custody, the information was considered too “hot” to use yesterday. Now it has been published in a number of places on the internet and so it is reprinted here.right

Boat arriving on Christmas Island this week. Overnight I have been contacted by an asylum seeker in Indonesia, who reported: The boat containing 43 people including 2 women was intercepted 2ks from CI by the Aust Navy. According to this report, They boarded. All aboard were handcuffed, and the motor, emptied of fuel. They were at sea for 4 days – being taken back to Indonesia. Many have now become ill, and two older men have been hospitalised. According to this report someone escaped from the Police Station and is in hiding, and able to make contact.BoatLeaks

The report is several days old now so I have added it to last week’s vessels as the people set out for Australia, almost made it to Christmas Island and were rather badly and possibly illegally treated by Australian authorities. The Morrison Pressers will not mention this incident and this adds the the disbelief I have everytime one is released. The facts are incomplete, the numbers are carefully edited and THE BOATS HAVE NOT STOPPED!

The next question is, “How often has this been happening?” Since the Minister has a track record of keeping the truth at armslength, should we simply accept that this has been happening all along?

4th Jan

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; Weather Situation: The monsoon trough lies just to the north of Christmas Island. Forecast for the rest of Saturday 4 January A shower or two with the chance of a thunderstorm. Winds: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, easing to 5 to 10 knots in the evening. Seas: 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.0 metres. Max 29 (BOM)

Cirabon; 30C, wind 5Kmh variable, showers est 25mm

TOWBACK RUMOUR RETRACTED.

The writer who was quoted in the tweet which alerted me to this situation has been in touch with me and informs me that this story has now been retracted by her source. As I said in my original paragraph, “The alleged (has to be alleged at the moment until I gain some further information) incident apparently happened during the past week”. The tweet which alerted me to this situation of a possible “towed-back” vessel with 45 people on board is still out in the “Twittersphere”. The person who alerted me to this situation is one of the heartless right who thought he was going one up on me by showing me this and that it was a good thing.

Two things, Danny. Firstly, you were repeating an un-confirmed story; Secondly, Danny thinks this sort of action, should it ever occur, is to be commended!

I find his attitude reprehensible and I apologise to the original writer for any embarrassment caused by this sorry episode.

Some people have commented that it could not happen because Indonesia is not accepting any returns. How sick to reduce fellow human beings to empty drink containers! However, I will say the method suggested would work. Should Morrison and his minions decide to de-fuel and de-water a boat then tow it back to the edge of RI waters. Then there is no choice for the Asylum Seekers. This would be dependent on a vessel being in a condition to be towed back. There was an incident a few weeks back where a vessel had its bow torn off in a tow. It is possible that is what they were trying to do in that case. It is also possible that there have been other cases where this has been a successful strategy. Morrison would not allow this information to become public although I am quite sure some members of the Naval and Customs forces have consciences and are feeling quite sick about these actions.

ORIGINAL REPORT – ADJUSTED :-

HAS THERE BEEN A HEARTLESS TOWBACK? NOT IN THIS CASE!

I have received twitter reports of an incident.

The alleged (has to be alleged at the moment until I gain some further information) incident apparently happened during the past week and has not been reported anywhere else to the best of my knowledge.

Here is a redacted screen-grab of the tweet. Only the guilty party is named.

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MEANWHILE, IN EUROPE

Italian authorities say they have rescued more than 1,000 asylum seekers trying to reach Europe over a 24-hour period. Navy helicopters spotted four overcrowded boats struggling to stay afloat south of Sicily on Thursday and ships were sent to save them, the navy said in a statement.

There were 823 men, women and children aboard the four vessels, from countries including Egypt, Pakistan, Iraq and Tunisia. In an earlier operation, the navy rescued 233 asylum seekers from Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, Zambia, Mali and Pakistan and took them to a port near Syracuse on Sicily’s eastern coast.

3rd Jan

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies just to the north of Christmas Island. Forecast for the rest of Friday 3 January A shower or two with the chance of a thunderstorm. Winds: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.0 metres. Max 29 (BOM)

Cirabon; 30C, wind 5Kmh variable, showers est 10mm

THE PRESS RELEASE has been issued with no mention of;

  • Health issues
  • Rape at Christmas Island
  • The vessel intercepted on 2nd Jan
  • Sri Lankan Guilt

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GLEANINGS, while waiting for a Presser or Press Release. Nearly 4pm EDST – looks like nothing today.

Sri Lanka is back in the news. You know, that country we have given a couple of patrol boats to so that they can stop refugees from leaving. The country which has been subject to an investigation by a “Tribunal” of eleven eminent Judges.

The findings were handed down today. The Sri Lankan Government, so solidly supported by the Abbott Government, has been found guilty of continuing genocide!

Bruce Haigh has reported that, “The crime of genocide has been and is being committed against the Eelam Tamils as a national group. . . . that genocide against the Eelam Tamil group has not yet reached the total destruction of their identity; however, the genocide is a process and the process is ongoing. The military killings of May 2009 have been transformed into other forms of conduct causing serious bodily and mental harm to members of the group. The tribunal considered that the proof established beyond any reasonable doubt that the following acts were committed by the government of Sri Lanka:

  • Killing members of the group, which includes massacres, indiscriminate shelling, the strategy of herding civilians into so-called ”no fire zones” for the purpose of killings, targeted assassinations of outspoken Eelam Tamil civil leaders who were capable of articulating the Sri Lankan genocide project to the outside world.
  • Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group, including acts of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment, sexual violence including rape, interrogations combined with beatings, threats of death, and harm that damages health or causes disfigurement or injury.
  • Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or part, including expulsion of the victims from their homes; and seizures of private lands; declaring vast areas as military high security zones to facilitate the military acquisition of Tamil land.

These are the conditions which we are forcing fleeing people back to. Firstly by blockading their freedom to flee for their personal; safety and life. Secondly by sending them back to those conditions should they be lucky enoughto reach Australia.

Makes you proud to be an Aussie, doesn’t it!

A gay man who has been living in Brisbane for four years will be deported next week after his application for a partnership visa was stoppitrefused.

This will put him at risk of being jailed in the country of his birth for being openly homosexual. Ali Choudhry grew up in the United States and has few contacts in Pakistan. He cannot read or write the local language. He has been in a relationship with Brisbane brain surgeon Dr Matthew Hynd for the past four years.

Mr Choudhry and Dr Hynd were one of the first gay couples in Queensland to register their civil union on March 12, 2012.

Mr Choudhry faces harassment and possible life imprisonment in Pakistan for being gay.

He is Gay, he is Pakistani, sort of, he is brown! Yep. He ticks all the boxes – get him out of here!

I am so proud of my Immigration Minister who decided on this course of action!

2nd Jan

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

1st Jan

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies just to the north of Christmas Island and is expected to remain in the vicinity of the island until the end of the week. Forecast for the rest of Wednesday 1 January Cloudy with the chance of a thunderstorm. Winds: Variable below 10 knots. Seas: Below 1.0 metre. Swell: South to southwesterly 1.5 to 2.0 metres.

Cirabon; 29C, wind 5-15Kmh, showers est 22mm

BREAKING NEWS

AN ASYLUM SEEKER boat has been intercepted off the NT coast ,asylumseekersjan01b reports the NT News, ” just days after the government boasted it was “stopping the boats” and that none had arrived in the last week. The NT News received information an asylum seeker vessel was about 90 nautical miles – 165km – from the mainland coast, near Bathurst Island, this morning. The NT News was there when the Royal Australian Navy intercepted the vessel, named ‘RISKI-02′.

From images published by the NT News who seem to have had an on-the-spot reporter, the HMAS Glenelg Larrakia appears to have been involved. From the imageof the “RISKI-02″ there could be close to 20 people on board and they could well be Middle-Eastern.

The ABC is reporting around 35 on board. Later reports from NT News counts 38, mostly men of South Asian, Middle Eastern and African origin. It also reported that “(the) boat was being escorted in a westerly direction yesterday afternoon by three Navy vessels.”

(Thanks Lloyd Blakely and @pixilatedme )

31st Dec

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

30th Dec

No Information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

29th Dec

The only information released by Morrison’s Sea Security appears to be that no further Pressers will be held. Possibly because David Marr, from the Guardian, had the temerity to demand answers from The Herr ÜberGrossenFührer Morrison.

WEATHER FORECASTS

Christmas Island; Forecast Issued at 4:10 pm WST on Sunday 29 December 2013 Weather Situation: The monsoon trough lies to the north of Christmas Island. Forecast for the rest of Sunday 29 December Partly cloudy. Winds: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. Swell: South to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.

Cirabon; 30C, wind 5-15Kmh, Fine

There is also a Cyclone in Australia’s North West. Cyclone Christine is likely to develop into a Cat 3 system before it crosses the coast between Pt Hedland and Karratha.

GLEANED INFORMATION

SHIPPING

One of the regular “Watchers in the Dark”. @VinceOGrady, has found the IceBreaker Ocean Protector in Singapore. The initial berth appears to be a dock so she may be there for repairs or servicing. If so it is a slap in the face for Australia’s maritime industry. Just at the time help is needed in Australian Industry in general. Can anyone remember the loss of Holden? Or was that so long ago our Government has hoped we have forgotten about it?

Vince also had another theory, before the docking position was found. “Just had another thought.
Singapore is on the way to Sri Lanka. With the disappearance of the Bay class Patrol boat yesterday interesting if she was on the way to Singapore and Ocean protector was going to Escort these two small ships to Sri Lanka for Fuel etc purposes. I just looked up the endurance of the Bay class patrol Boat. It is apparently 1000 NM @ 20 knots The distance between Singapore is about 1350NM so I might be right. The distance from Darwin to CI is 1476MN so they would have to do a refuel at Ashmore reef perhaps. Unless they were going to put the Patrol Boats on a cargo ship. Interesting. How they will get the patrol vessels to Sri Lanka. Also interesting how much it will cost in Fuel. “

Intrigued by this theory I checked the whereabouts of all the Customs’ “Bay-class” vessels and found that while two, ACV Hervey Bay and ACV Corio Bay were “Out of range” meaning they still exist but are not reporting their position. I suspect they are at Christmas Island. ACV Storm Bay and ACV Corio Bay are no longer registered and I think these are the two vessels being gifted to Sri Lanka. Vince may well have stumbled onto the method of delivery.

MONSOON.

The monsoon continues and the expected lessening in boat arrivals has happened. It would be presumptuous for anyone to claim that the “boats have stopped” until this seasonal lull in arrivals extends into next years calmer weather.

28th Dec

Yes, well, that blood/alcohol level was a little more than anticipated. As was the family gathering.

Go family! You are all worth it.

27th Dec

The only information released by Morrison’s Sea Security was that nothing had happened during the previous week.

No boats are known to have arrived since last week’s Press Conference despite some unusual commercial vessel activity around Christmas Island during the week.

There have been monsoonal troughs reaching as far south as Christmas and Cocos Islands and travel conditions are very unfavourable just now. There is also a cyclone developing to the North of Western Australia, the effects of which will spread far to the West.

As I will be away from my computer for much of today, owing to a major family water-pistol fight get-together and belated Christmas Party, I will have to rely on reports of any Presser held today.

There will be a full report published tonight or tomorrow. Depending on my blood/alcohol level when I return home.

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