WAS THIS MAN NEARLY KILLED
BY THE NAVY?
No Asylum Seeker arrivals have been reported today.
A SUDDEN INTEREST
The print media has suddenly become interested in the activities of Operation Sovereign Borders.
The Australian is reporting that, “THE only asylum-seeker to reach Australian soil by boat last month was yesterday escorted to Christmas Island with a tube in his arm after 24 hours of on-water manoeuvres involving Customs, the navy and a lifeboat that appears to match descriptions of those being used to send boatpeople back to Indonesia.
The orange lifeboat hovered on the horizon off the Australian
territory yesterday morning as medical officers, an interpreter and a wheelchair waited at the jetty for a seriously ill male asylum-seeker. The lifeboat was visible from Christmas Island on Thursday afternoon too, when it appeared to be shadowing or being towed by the Customs vessel Triton. The male asylum-seeker was helped on to the island’s jetty from a rigid inflatable boat from the Australian navy vessel HMAS Bathurst. He wore a wristband that identified him as the 18th passenger on the asylum boat on which he was travelling when authorities intercepted it. Late yesterday Immigration Minister Scott Morrison confirmed the man had been brought to the Australian territory “for urgent medical treatment in relation to a heart condition”.
Why do they use the word “Mystery”? An asylum seeker has a heart attack? That isn’t mysterious.
Or do the reporters suspect something more sinister?
WAS THIS MAN NEARLY KILLED BY THE NAVY?
We have heard reports of Capsicum Spray being used by OSB operatives and I was shown an article yesterday which included the following, “According to a 2004 paper by researchers at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health and Duke University Medical Center, high-dose exposure to OC spray can produce “adverse cardiac, respiratory, and neurological effects, including arrhythmias and sudden death”; acute exposure also causes “nausea, fear and disorientation.”
Was this man capsicum sprayed because he was objecting to being forced into one of OSB’s infamous “Orange Lifeboats”? In view of Christmas Island?
POSSIBLE NEW ARRIVALS
I have received several messages in the past 12 hours suggesting
that an asylum seekers’ vessel arrived at Christmas Island yesterday (31st Jan). The sources are normally reliable however the information is not very specific.
This could be a third vessel or it could be one of the two which were reported as being harassed by Customs yesterday. Further investigations are underway and updates will be made as information is received
ATTEMPTING TO STOP THE ROHINGYA?
Thanks, Vince for finding this gem. We have been wondering for a while just what has happened to the patrol boat HMAS Childers. Janes reported a couple of days ago, “The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) Armidale-class patrol craft HMAS Childers arrived at Chittagong, Bangladesh, on 27 January for what was described by Acting Minister for Defence Senator George Brandis as a landmark visit and “significant milestone” for Australia’s and Bangladesh’s navy-to-navy relationship. “Australia and Bangladesh have conducted some minor naval interactions during regional bilateral activities in the past, but this is the first time an [RAN] ship has visited the country,” said Brandis. “This historic visit to Bangladesh will enable some increased understanding in how we each operate, which will lead to better interoperability in areas common to our navies.“
BLOOD ON OUR HANDS
In my list of Boat arrivals and Turnbacks I have an entry for Jan 11th.
Now we have a little more information about what happened next.
The report in today’s Courier Mail contains one of the great throw-away lines of all time. In a single sentence paragraph it blandly reports, “Three people died while crossing a river in the jungle.“
Now we can expect much washing of the hands and Pontius Pilate-like reactions from Morrison and his Minions. If the question is ever asked.
In the meantime, my sympathies go to the families of those nameless, faceless three who died.
Christmas Island; The monsoon trough lies in the vicinity of the island. Forecast for the rest of Saturday 1 February A few showers with the chance of a thunderstorm. Winds: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots. Seas: 1.0 to 1.5 metres. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.0 metres. Max 29 (BOM)
Cocos Island; The monsoon trough lies to the north of the islands. Forecast for the rest of Saturday 1 February A shower or two. Winds: South to southwesterly 5 to 10 knots. Seas: Up to 1.0 metre. Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.0 metres. Max 31 (BOM)
Cirabon; 29C, wind; 20-25 Kmh SE, showers est 8mm
The weekly figures I have collated.
This will be updated each week.
Holding this week’s update waiting on further info.