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Refugees at Sea; June 2nd, 2015


 

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2nd June, 2015

“The Australian Government is yet to respond to the claims.”

Once again we hear the cry of the secretly ashamed bully!

“No Comment”

If we say nothing we will never be blamed for anything. There will be no proof if we are hauled before the International Court at the Hague.

No proof of anything “at sea”; no proof of child abuse, paedophilia, rapes, assaults and murders in any of the Border Protection Camps, onsore and offshore. Because any whistleblowers, acting out of common humanity will be locked up and silenced.

Yes, I am angry and I am ashamed of my Government. And if this falls foul of the “Good Citizenship Test” then so be it.

WHY THE ANGER?

This morning I woke to the news of yet another vessel filled with desperate men women and children being turned back to Indonesia. The ABC report reads;

Indonesian police say a boat carrying 65 asylum seekers has crashed onto a reef after being turned back by Australian authorities. Those aboard — 54 Sri Lankans, 10 Bangladeshis, one person from Myanmar and five additional crew — told Indonesian police they were trying to get to New Zealand. There were four women and three toddlers on board. They are now being held on Rote Island off West Timor after crashing onto a reef near the remote Landuti Island. One of the crew members fled from police and has not been located.

Island chief of police senior commissioner Hidayat told the ABC the latest boat was intercepted by an Australian border patrol after setting off from West Java on May 5. The asylum seekers told police they were transferred onto a more seaworthy wooden boat, given dried fruit, biscuits, fuel and life jackets and escorted back to Indonesian waters. The asylum seekers were found Monday by fishermen after the crash.”

So no vessel is now allowed to transit Australian waters, in a peaceful manner, on its way to another country.

Australian Piracy is alive and well and State Sponsored.

And again the Border Protection Mantra is trotted out!  “No Comment”

 THE BOATS HAVE NOT STOPPED!

This latest incident would appear to have occurred near the Ashmore and Cartier Islands, off Darwin.

So it would not have involved the use of the Christmas Island Flotilla pictured below. This flotilla has been in Flying Boat Cove for some time with no comings or goings.

CI FLOTILLA

These vessels and the associated on-shore facilities are manned by quite a few “navy” people. It seems they are not just navy. There are also Air Force personnel, army, and even reservists. It almost seems to be like a training thing or an induction. The question thus becomes, “Are they being trained for Border Protection or for something more warlike as the Nations to our North become evermore disgusted with our stance on Asylum Seekers?

Which still leaves the unanswered question

HOW MANY REFUGEES

HAVE DIED AT SEA THIS YEAR?

 

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Australia has failed

to change human nature.

Australia has failed to stop the boats.
They may not be getting far,
but escapees from oppression are still setting out or planning on setting out.
Some of them will not be making it..

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Refugee Boat Timeline Updated to November 11th


TWO MORE VESSELS REPORTED

Read of today’s events below.

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The updated, weekly figures I have collated.

This will be updated each week.

refugees08arrival listTo find the older information click here

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11th Nov;

No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

UPDATE!

At around 4pm WST, Gordon Thompson tweeted “State Secret#18 RAN brought 40-60 women men children Xmas Is 1pm.” Thanks for the quick eyes, Sue.

I wonder if they are the passengers from one of the boats mentioned this morning or both boats. We shall find out in the next 24 hours I should imagine.

AND the “Tong Cheng 702” is moored around 60km north od Christmas Island. It must have one hell of a long anchor chain!

A quick visit to the foetid swamp which is Michael Smith’s blog reveals a phone call fromm “Shaz” who has seen this arrival. It is a new arrival not to be confused with yesterdfay’s Sri Lankan arrival. This group has women and children as well and seems to be from the Middle east. Shaz also said that she has heard that there may be another TWO vessels on the way to CI.

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The news this morning indicates that another TWO vessels have been intercepted and are believed believed to be carrying scores of people. They were picked up by border protection authorities over the weekend. Preparations are being made on Christmas Island to receive the two groups.

That would explain why both Hmas Bummarat and HMAS Childers uncloaked yesterday and were observed travelling slowly to the North of Christmas Island.

It may be a day or two before they are actually landed.

Meanwhile, Tony Abbott continues to say that the relationship with Indonesia is getting better all the time. In this he may be correct. It certainly could not get much worse!

10th Nov;

No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

The asyum seekers who were the subject of dispute the past couple of days have landed at Christmas Island. It seems they were of Sri Lankan and Pakistani origin with the possibility that there may some Indians amongst them. One was dressed in Australian Cricket gear and claimed to be a fast bowler.

9th Nov;

Morrison’s Sea Security Service forced to break its silence today.

A major diplomatic failure!

In an article by Michael Bachelard the Indonesia correspondent for Fairfax Media datelined November 9, 2013 – 12:40PM, we learn that the Abbott

The Brilliant Jon Kudelka

The Brilliant Jon Kudelka

Governemnt has blinked in the stand-off off the coast of Java.

He writes Tony Abbott’s government capitulated to Indonesia on Friday night, ordering a Customs boat with up to 63 refugees on board to go to Christmas Island. A refugee source in Indonesia contacted Fairfax Media early on Saturday to say the boat had reached the Australian territory on Friday night after immigration minister Scott Morrison failed to convince Indonesia to accept their return.”

More than that, the Indonesian coordinating minister for security,, Djoko Suyanto, has stated in the strongest terms that the country would never take refugees from Australia under these circumstances. A declaration that scuttles any chance that Mr Abbott’s three-year old promise of turning back boats could become a reality.

It seems the Coalition Government is indeed becoming a taxi service for asylum seekers. It will be interesting to see if the rumours of more boats coming from Indonesia during the coming week (singular) are based in fact.

The Minister for Immigration Scott Morrison confirmed the transfer in a media release in which he used weasel words to obscure the reality of this major diplomatic slap in the face. Tony Abbott and Julie Bishop have held a Press Conference this morning declaring their undying love for all of the Indonesian Government. What we will not be told by this incompetent rabble is that every other nation in our neighbourhood will be sitting up and taking notice. Especially as the reality of the Foreign aid cuts become apparent.

Suddenly we have unfriendly faces all around us!

Ignore any of the spin, weasel words and silences coming from this Australian Government of Lies and Broken Promises.

This will shatter the confidence of this bully-led team and they will take it out on US, their fellow citizens since there is not a big enough wall for them all to punch!.

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8th Nov; Very limited information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

UPDATE – 1.30pm WST; The tensions between Indonesia and Australia are being noticed by other nations. Here is a Straits Times report published today;

Indonesia, Australia in asylum-seeker boat stand-off

JAKARTA (AFP) – Indonesia and Australia were locked in a stand-off on Friday after an Australian vessel went to the aid of an asylum-seeker boat off Indonesia’s main island of Java but Jakarta said it would not accept receiving those on board. The flare-up in tensions came with relations between the two neighbours already under pressure following reports that the Australian embassy in Jakarta carried out surveillance as part of a US-led spying network

The Melbourne Age, in an earlier article, suggests much the same with the additional information that there are 67 people on board.

Suddenly we are on track to become the pariahs of Southern Asia. Just as well we have a highly skilled and competent Foreign Minister in charge of these things – – –

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rightThe weekly press conference again degenerated into a listing of occupants of our “Three Island Concentration Camp System”. It seems we have less that 3,000 people being held in the camps. This is a miniscule number when compared with the million Styians in camps outside Syria and the half-million Somalis in camps in Kenya. We Aussies are so proud of punching above our weight in so many areas of international comparison yet here we are shamefully so far below our weight it is a national disgrace.

Yet again, “on-water matters” were completely ignored. The timing of the first vessel to be contacted by the Australian Navy fits well with my prediction in comments on the 6th of this month. Indonesia is fed up with conflicting signals.Conflict between ASIO and Border Protection has now begun. The question which will not be answered without a whistleblower is, “How many vessels have been turned back without our knowledge?” Numbers (which seem to be in the range of approximately 50) from this vessel will be added to this week’s total as and when available.

More information of a naughtycal nature has emerged about HMAS Ballarat and its crew. It will not be covered here. Sorry for the flippancy but without that flippancy, I would be screaming.

7th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

Rumours surfaced that a vessel has been intercepted in the Sundra Strait;

An asylum seeker boat has been assisted off the coast of Indonesia after issuing a distress call while making its way to Australia. A spokesman for the Indonesian search and rescue agency, BASARNAS, confirmed to AAP that a distress call was received from a vessel in the Sunda Strait earlier on Thursday. The Australian naval vessel, HMAS Ballarat, responded to the distress call, and was escorting the asylum seeker boat to Christmas Island, the spokesman said.

HMAS Ballarat has also been mentioned in regard to yet another Sex Scandal.

6th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

Firstly, there has been a little strange activity around Christmas Island. Two tankers, the Golden Wave and the Ocean Princess, have approached CI and performed some random manouvres around 50Km North(ish) of the Island. I am not a seafarer nor a resident of CI but I find the movements are a little odd and I do wonder at the need for two tanker deliveries within 48 hours. I assume this is for diesel and other hydrocarbons. If they are, in fact, tankers. Another interesting fact is that while the destination for both vessels is shown as Christmas Island, neither have any “Previous Ports of Call”.

It is all very odd!

Secondly, the Abbott/Morrison secret war on women and children is in danger of having one of its key components removed.

Indonesia’s cooperation and assistance is needed to allow Tony Abbott to boastfully state that HE has stopped the boats. Herr ÜberGrossenFührer Morrison has been working to ensnare the Indonesians into his vision of a world where no refugees exist; just border-jumping criminals.

Now DFAT under Australia’s most dangerously incompetent Foriegn Minister is trying to ignore its spying on Indonesia and other South East Asian Nations and hoping the stink will go away. Indonesia’s foreign minister Marty Natalegawa has threatened to review his country’s assistance in the Asylum Seeker “solution”. Does this mean that, if the current lull in boat arrivals is due to the Abbott Policies, a very debatable position, then any arrivals from NOW are all the fault of the Abbott Government’;s incompetence?

5th Nov; No information released by Morrison’s Sea Security.

Refugee Boat Timeline – Updated to September 22nd


This list is based on what is being reported in the MSM and what I can find from a couple of specialist sites. This is to give a layman’s impression of what is going on and may say more about the MSM than the facts.

The updated, weekly figures I have collated.
This will be updated each week.

Refugees20

To stop this posting from becoming as large as a Tolstoy novel, in future I will drop off any daily information more than about a week old.

To find the older information click here

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22nd Sept; No information released by the Morrison Military Machine. No information “discovered” by the MSM.

UPDATE 2PM WST ABC News Online is reporting a vessel intercepted by HMAS Maitland today. Number on board not available.

UPDATE 2:30PM WST The Australian reports,An asylum boat has arrived at Christmas Island, the eighth since the election and the first since the Coalition stopped the practice of announcing boat arrivals as they occur. The boat currently at Flying Fish Cove was escorted to the Australian territory by the HMAS Maitland this afternoon. It is believed there are about 30 people onboard” The report concludes, “It has been a week since the last asylum seekers came ashore at Christmas Island. On Sunday last week, babies, young children and pregnant women were among those rescued by the HMAS Ballarat and delivered to detention on the island. There were an estimated 76 asylum seekers on that vessel, bringing the total number of asylum seekers to arrive post-election to 480 at that time. Today’s arrival of an estimated 30 people is expected to push the total past 500.

UPDATE 3PM WST; A reliable source on Christmas Island tweeted yesterday that no boats had arrived since 14th Sept.  That same source then tweeted, “Women n kids on refugee boat, very thirsty, drinking lots water.

The Hazara Refugee Website reported yesterday that, “ As of Friday afternoon, sources on Christmas Island – to which asylum-seekers on intercepted boats are initially taken – were saying there had been no boats in recent days.

I am taking steps to develop some contacts who may be able to help me in this project. I an concerned that it seems AMSA has been told not to report Asylum Seeker Vessels in distress as they have in the past. This means no assistance will be provided. Actually, I hope I have read the Herr OberMinister’s words incorrectly here. Certainly Customs have been told to cease press releases which concern Asylum Seekers.

The one source of information I think will remain open is the marinetraffic.com site. This is not an Australian site and so may be beyond the reach of our new censoring dictators. The major problem is that Australian Naval Vessels are spending a lot of time “offline” and so are invisible.

Having said that, that site is showing TWO naval Vessels (One un-named, the other the Patrol Ship HMAS Maitland) performing manoeuvres around 50Km East of Christmas Island. Neither has stopped or slowed below 5kts so it is unlikely to involve stopping Asylum Seeking vessels.

It is interesting that we hear so much about how expensive it is to rescue a yacht in difficulties to the South of Australia and yet there is no mention of the cost of ordering a couple of Naval Vessels to mooch around the Indian Ocean, travelling in ever-decreasing circles!

New Daily Cry For Help! If anyone knows of a source on Christmas Island who could help me with recording any arrivals or interceptions, please let me know about them  🙂

21st Sept; No boats reported in the MSM

There is a “cargo” vessel which has just arrived at Christmas Island. I shall keep watching. No activity has been spotted at Ashmore Reef or Cocos Island. Should anything new happen today I will update this report.

What has been reported in the MSM does not give one a lot of confidence in the new Abbott Government. The ABC has reported on Tony Burke’s frustration at not getting any information.

The ABC asked both Customs and the Immigration Department whether any boats have arrived in recent days, but the questions were referred back to the Minister’s office. A spokesman for the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison would not say if any boats had arrived, and said further details about the Government’s Operation Sovereign Borders policy would be provided soon.

On a different tack SBS has reported on dissatisfaction in PNG with the Manus Island agreement. This will not help in deterring people from setting out on dangerous voyages.

If you can stand the continued bile of Mike Smith, this report was posted late yesterday. Smith headlined it “Report – Indonesian Police arrest 74 illegal Middle East boat-people bound for Australia” It seems that in the Right Wing Lexicon, it is not necessary to be on a boat to be a “Boat Person”.

TRIBUNNEWS.COM, GARUT – A total of 74 illegal immigrants from the Middle East secured Garut police on Thursday (09/19/2013). Those bound for Australia via the Garut regency, was arrested in the District Leles.
Garut District Police Chief Adjunct Senior Commissioner Arif Rachman said, the immigrants came from Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. They consisted of 7 children, 45 adult males and 22 adult females. . . . . . . . .Arrest immigrants, said Supian, is the result of Garut police orders to deploy patrols and raids after a vehicle transporting 12 immigrants from Myanmar were secured in District Kadungora, the day before.

SEPT 20th; Again nothing is reported in the MSM

All of my sources are silent but it early in the day and a vessel is approaching Christmas Island from the North. I am wondering if it could be another of those strange “cargo vessels” which will perform strange manouvres around the Island over the next few days. There has been no activity around Cocos Island or Ashmore Reef either. For general information, Ashmore Reef (Ashmore and Cartier Islands) is located about a quater of the way from the southern tip of Timor Island to King Sound at S12.24 E123.00.

SEPT 19th Nothing reported in the MSM

Nothing new from any of my sources. Has a curtain of silence fallen over Asylum seeker matters? Or has the Manus Island solution begun having an effect? Tony Abbott does not consider “Day One” to be the day after the election but the day he was swarn in.

SEPT 18th; Nothing reported in the MSM

And they may well be correct. There is no indication of any vessels being intercepted or recued in the past 36 hours. The Diamond Princess, allegedly a cargo vessel, was performing a number of manouvres out from Flying Fish Cove and finally, late today headed North and into invisibility.

Also of interest is this post from the Hazara Refugees Website which raises some concerns about the treatment of prisoners detainees in the concentration camps detainment centres. Not only has responsibility for these places been handed to foreign private enterprise but there now appears to be no requirement for there to be any repotage of “the welfare, care, security, health and medical, counselling and education of detainees.” Am I alone in being offended by this?As a citizen of this nation I would like to know what my Government is doing in my name!

SEPT 17th; Of course there have been no reports in the MSM. MSM? Muddied Stream Media!

The Hazara Refugee Website reported last night that an asylum seeker vessel with 205 people on board was intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy after the vessel sent out a mayday call on Sunday morning. The boat was about halfway between Indonesia and Christmas Island when it sent out a call for distress at 8.11am with reports it was sinking.no boats

A spokesperson from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said “Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) Australia received a call for assistance from a vessel at 8.11am this morning, It issued an urgency broadcast to shipping regarding the vessel at 8.56am.” A merchant vessel responded to the broadcast, and it was due to meet the boat at 1.30pm. HMAS Parramatta, a frigate, and HMAS Pirie, a patrol boat, were also sent to meet the vessel, the Parramatta intercepting the boat at 1pm.

I do not recall seeing this emergency report on the AMSA website on Sunday morning. The alert was given at 7am WST, I was checking the site by 7:30 WST and assistance was not provided until 11am WST. Yet at no stage was anything noted on the AMSA website. I noted on Sunday 15th that there was a lot of unexplained activity around Christmas Island.

I have noticed the same this morning. One vessel disappeared while I was doing the screen shot – the MV Diamond Princess a cargo vessel registered in Thailand. The other is a cargo vessel flagged in China named the Tong Cheng 702. They have been acting just like military vessels looking for SIEV’s. It is interesting that these vessels have a habit of disappearing completely from the Live Ships chart. They don’t go anywhere. They just disappear. Then different vessels appear out of no where!

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SEPT 16th; As expected, nothing reported in the MSM

Customs updated its media releases this morning with THREE new vessels. This explains the activity I have seen around Flying Fish Cove over the past 48 hours.

From Sept 13th there is an addition. ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-east of Ashmore Islands today. Initial reporting suggests there are four passengers and two crew on board.

From 14th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 23 passengers and two crew on board.”

From 15th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island last night. Initial reporting suggests there are 76 passengers and three crew on board.

That is, by my count, NINE vessels which have arrived since Tony “I will stop the boats from day one” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 15th; Nothing reported in the MSM

The Live Ships Sites showed a lot of activity around Christmas Island overnight and this morning. I have been unable to find any reports of vessels being intercepted. I shall watch the beginning of next week with interest. Someone, somewhere will let something slip. Of course it may have just been training manouvres.

With the looming blackout from the Governement I expect my Customs’ notifications to disappear along with the AMSA emergency alerts. Mike Smith and Scott Morrison will stop reporting arrivals. It may be that discovering arrivals will stop being a real-time thing and become delayed and inaccurate guesswork. But then I am a sucker for conspiracy theories *grin*

SEPT 14th; Nothing reported in the MSM

This is unsurprising as it is not in Rupert Murdoch’s interest to let the Australian people know that Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have already begun to fail in their new positions.

Then I spotted a tweet from a noted journalist that another Asylum seeker vessel with 25 people on board has arrived. I assume it is to do with the maddened gadflys shown on the Live Ships website which were the ships near Christmas Island last night and this morning.

That is now five vessels in eight days since “I will make a difference from Day One” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 13th; Nothing reported in the MSM

Customs issued a press release (I received it via email) this morning – Border Protection Command intercepts vessel; HMAS Armidale, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 158 people on board.

It seems Indonesia really is going to be a problem for Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison in their condescending plans to use that pesky country full of unimportant brown people as a destination for asylum seekers.

SEPT 12th; A passing radio report about a suspected asylum seeker vessel was overheard on ABC local radio yesterday while I was driving from Bunbury to Perth. I suspect it was the one reported by the Hazara’s yesterday.

SEPT 11th; Nothing reported in the MSM

On Sept 12th The Hazara Refugee website reported. “HMAS Glenelg operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday. Initial reporting suggests there are 74 passengers and two crew on board.

SEPT 10th;

I spotted a bit of movement from HMAS Glenelg and HMAS Parramatta last evening and did some checking. Amongst the mud, dirt and slime of Mike Smith’s blog of hate I found a reference to an AMSA notice I had missed. “PAN PAN FM RCC AUSTRALIA 100607Z SEP 2013 AUSSAR 2013/6118 INDIAN OCEAN NORTHERN PART CHART AUS 4071 A) REFUGEE VESSEL WITH 100 POB REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN VICINITY 07-48.31S 105-56.51E. B) VESSELS WITHIN 10 HOURS REPORT BEST ETA”

Refugee Boat Timeline – Updated to September 20th


This list is based on what is being reported in the MSM and what I can find from a couple of specialist sites. This is to give a layman’s impression of what is going on and may say more about the MSM than the facts.

The updated, weekly figures I have collated.
This will be updated each week.

Refugees20

This is as at 11.15am WST. It may be updated further if any more boats arrive today,

To stop this posting from becoming as large as a Tolstoy novel, in future I will drop off any daily information more than about a week old.

To find the older information click here

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SEPT 20th; Again nothing is reported in the MSM

All of my sources are silent but it early in the day and a vessel is approaching Christmas Island from the North. I am wondering if it could be another of those strange “cargo vessels” which will perform strange manouvres around the Island over the next few days. There has been no activity around Cocos Island or Ashmore Reef either. For general information, Ashmore Reef (Ashmore and Cartier Islands)  is located about a quater of the way from the southern tip of Timor Island to King Sound at S12.24  E123.00.

SEPT 19th Nothing reported in the MSM

Nothing new from any of my sources. Has a curtain of silence fallen over Asylum seeker matters? Or has the Manus Island solution begun having an effect? Tony Abbott does not consider “Day One” to be the day after the election but the day he was swarn in.

SEPT 18th; Nothing reported in the MSM

And they may well be correct. There is no indication of any vessels being intercepted or recued in the past 36 hours. The Diamond Princess, allegedly a cargo vessel, was performing a number of manouvres out from Flying Fish Cove and finally, late today headed North and into invisibility.

Also of interest is this post from the Hazara Refugees Website which raises some concerns about the treatment of prisoners detainees in the concentration camps detainment centres. Not only has responsibility for these places been handed to foreign private enterprise but there now appears to be no requirement for there to be any repotage of “the welfare, care, security, health and medical, counselling and education of detainees.” Am I alone in being offended by this?As a citizen of this nation I would like to know what my Government is doing in my name!

SEPT 17th; Of course there have been no reports in the MSM. MSM? Muddied Stream Media!

The Hazara Refugee Website reported last night that an asylum seeker vessel with 205 people on board was intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy after the vessel sent out a mayday call on Sunday morning. The boat was about halfway between Indonesia and Christmas Island when it sent out a call for distress at 8.11am with reports it was sinking.no boats

A spokesperson from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said “Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) Australia received a call for assistance from a vessel at 8.11am this morning, It issued an urgency broadcast to shipping regarding the vessel at 8.56am.” A merchant vessel responded to the broadcast, and it was due to meet the boat at 1.30pm. HMAS Parramatta, a frigate, and HMAS Pirie, a patrol boat, were also sent to meet the vessel, the Parramatta intercepting the boat at 1pm.

I do not recall seeing this emergency report on the AMSA website on Sunday morning. The alert was given at 7am WST, I was checking the site by 7:30 WST and assistance was not provided until 11am WST. Yet at no stage was anything noted on the AMSA website. I noted on Sunday 15th that there was a lot of unexplained activity around Christmas Island.

I have noticed the same this morning. One vessel disappeared while I was doing the screen shot – the MV Diamond Princess a cargo vessel registered in Thailand. The other is a cargo vessel flagged in China named the Tong Cheng 702. They have been acting just like military vessels looking for SIEV’s. It is interesting that these vessels have a habit of disappearing completely from the Live Ships chart. They don’t go anywhere. They just disappear. Then different vessels appear out of no where!

CIship1

CIshipTongChen702

SEPT 16th; As expected, nothing reported in the MSM

Customs updated its media releases this morning with THREE new vessels. This explains the activity I have seen around Flying Fish Cove over the past 48 hours.

From Sept 13th there is an addition. ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-east of Ashmore Islands today. Initial reporting suggests there are four passengers and two crew on board.

From 14th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 23 passengers and two crew on board.”

From 15th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island last night. Initial reporting suggests there are 76 passengers and three crew on board.

That is, by my count, NINE vessels which have arrived since Tony “I will stop the boats from day one” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 15th; Nothing reported in the MSM

The Live Ships Sites showed a lot of activity around Christmas Island overnight and this morning. I have been unable to find any reports of vessels being intercepted. I shall watch the beginning of next week with interest. Someone, somewhere will let something slip. Of course it may have just been training manouvres.

With the looming blackout from the Governement I expect my Customs’ notifications to disappear along with the AMSA emergency alerts. Mike Smith and Scott Morrison will stop reporting arrivals. It may be that discovering arrivals will stop being a real-time thing and become delayed and inaccurate guesswork. But then I am a sucker for conspiracy theories *grin*

SEPT 14th; Nothing reported in the MSM

This is unsurprising as it is not in Rupert Murdoch’s interest to let the Australian people know that Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have already begun to fail in their new positions.

Then I spotted a tweet from a noted journalist that another Asylum seeker vessel with 25 people on board has arrived. I assume it is to do with the maddened gadflys shown on the Live Ships website which were the ships near Christmas Island last night and this morning.

That is now five vessels in eight days since “I will make a difference from Day One” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 13th; Nothing reported in the MSM

Customs issued a press release (I received it via email) this morning – Border Protection Command intercepts vessel; HMAS Armidale, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 158 people on board.

It seems Indonesia really is going to be a problem for Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison in their condescending plans to use that pesky country full of unimportant brown people as a destination for asylum seekers.

SEPT 12th; A passing radio report about a suspected asylum seeker vessel was overheard on ABC local radio yesterday while I was driving from Bunbury to Perth. I suspect it was the one reported by the Hazara’s yesterday.

SEPT 11th; Nothing reported in the MSM

On Sept 12th The Hazara Refugee website reported. “HMAS Glenelg operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday. Initial reporting suggests there are 74 passengers and two crew on board.

SEPT 10th;

I spotted a bit of movement from HMAS Glenelg and HMAS Parramatta last evening and did some checking. Amongst the mud, dirt and slime of Mike Smith’s blog of hate I found a reference to an AMSA notice I had missed. “PAN PAN FM RCC AUSTRALIA 100607Z SEP 2013 AUSSAR 2013/6118 INDIAN OCEAN NORTHERN PART CHART AUS 4071 A) REFUGEE VESSEL WITH 100 POB REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN VICINITY 07-48.31S 105-56.51E. B) VESSELS WITHIN 10 HOURS REPORT BEST ETA”

 

Refugee Boat Timeline – Updated to September 17th


This list is based on what is being reported in the MSM and what I can find from a couple of specialist sites. This is to give a layman’s impression of what is going on and may say more about the MSM than the facts.

The updated, weekly figures I have collated.
This will be updated each week.

Refugees13

This is as at 11.15am WST. It may be updated further if any more boats arrive today,

To stop this posting from becoming as large as a Tolstoy novel, in future I will drop off any daily information more than about a week old.

To find the older information click here

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SEPT 17th; Of course there have been no reports in the MSM. MSM? Muddied Stream Media!

The Hazara Refugee Website reported last night that an asylum seeker vessel with 205 people on board was intercepted by the Royal Australian Navy after the vessel sent out a mayday call on Sunday morning. The boat was about halfway between Indonesia and Christmas Island when it sent out a call for distress at 8.11am with reports it was sinking.

A spokesperson from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority said “Rescue Co-ordination Centre (RCC) Australia received a call for assistance from a vessel at 8.11am this morning, It issued an urgency broadcast to shipping regarding the vessel at 8.56am.” A merchant vessel responded to the broadcast, and it was due to meet the boat at 1.30pm. HMAS Parramatta, a frigate, and HMAS Pirie, a patrol boat, were also sent to meet the vessel, the Parramatta intercepting the boat at 1pm.

I do not recall seeing this emergency report on the AMSA website on Sunday morning. The alert was given at 7am WST, I was checking the site by 7:30 WST and assistance was not provided until 11am WST. Yet at no stage was anything noted on the AMSA website. I noted on Sunday 15th that there was a lot of unexplained activity around Christmas Island.

I have noticed the same this morning. One vessel disappeared while I was doing the screen shot  – the MV Diamond Princess a cargo vessel registered in Thailand. The other is a cargo vessel flagged in China named the Tong Cheng 702. They have been acting just like military vessels looking for SIEV’s. It is interesting that these vessels have a habit of disappearing completely from the Live Ships chart. They don’t go anywhere. They just disappear. Then different vessels appear out of no where!

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SEPT 16th; As expected, nothing reported in the MSM

Customs updated its media releases this morning with THREE new vessels. This explains the activity I have seen around Flying Fish Cove over the past 48 hours.

From Sept 13th there is an addition. ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel south-east of Ashmore Islands today. Initial reporting suggests there are four passengers and two crew on board.

From 14th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 23 passengers and two crew on board.”

From 15th Sept, “HMAS Ballarat, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia), rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island last night. Initial reporting suggests there are 76 passengers and three crew on board.

That is, by my count, NINE vessels which have arrived since Tony “I will stop the boats from day one” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 15th; Nothing reported in the MSM

The Live Ships Sites showed a lot of activity around Christmas Island overnight and this morning. I have been unable to find any reports of vessels being intercepted. I shall watch the beginning of next week with interest. Someone, somewhere will let something slip. Of course it may have just been training manouvres.

With the looming blackout from the Governement I expect my Customs’ notifications to disappear along with the AMSA emergency alerts. Mike Smith and Scott Morrison will stop reporting arrivals. It may be that discovering arrivals will stop being a real-time thing and become delayed and inaccurate guesswork. But then I am a sucker for conspiracy theories *grin*

SEPT 14th; Nothing reported in the MSM

This is unsurprising as it is not in Rupert Murdoch’s interest to let the Australian people know that Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison have already begun to fail in their new positions.

Then I spotted a tweet from a noted journalist that another Asylum seeker vessel with 25 people on board has arrived. I assume it is to do with the maddened gadflys shown on the Live Ships website which were the ships near Christmas Island last night and this morning.

That is now five vessels in eight days since “I will make a difference from Day One” Abbott was elected.

SEPT 13th; Nothing reported in the MSM

Customs issued a press release (I received it via email) this morning – Border Protection Command intercepts vessel; HMAS Armidale, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 158 people on board.

It seems Indonesia really is going to be a problem for Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison in their condescending plans to use that pesky country full of unimportant brown people as a destination for asylum seekers.

SEPT 12th; A passing radio report about a suspected asylum seeker vessel was overheard on ABC local radio yesterday while I was driving from Bunbury to Perth. I suspect it was the one reported by the Hazara’s yesterday.

SEPT 11th; Nothing reported in the MSM

On Sept 12th The Hazara Refugee website reported. “HMAS Glenelg operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC Australia) rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Christmas Island yesterday. Initial reporting suggests there are 74 passengers and two crew on board.

SEPT 10th;

I spotted a bit of movement from HMAS Glenelg and HMAS Parramatta last evening and did some checking. Amongst the mud, dirt and slime of Mike Smith’s blog of hate I found a reference to an AMSA notice I had missed. “PAN PAN FM RCC AUSTRALIA 100607Z SEP 2013 AUSSAR 2013/6118 INDIAN OCEAN NORTHERN PART CHART AUS 4071 A) REFUGEE VESSEL WITH 100 POB REQUESTING ASSISTANCE IN VICINITY 07-48.31S 105-56.51E. B) VESSELS WITHIN 10 HOURS REPORT BEST ETA”

SEPT 9th : One vessel reported in the MSMno boats

Armidale (I think) has been doing its demented gadfly trick overnight so I expect reports of a vessel being intercepted later today. AMSA has had no distress reports for three days.

3pm update – As expected a boat was in the vicinity of Christmas Island and, with some unusual passengers, it made the MSM. ABC Online News reported (I first heard it on ABC Local Radio), “Two journalists have arrived on Christmas Island after travelling by sea on an asylum seeker boat escorted by HMAS Armidale. Customs officials say there were 57 passengers and two crew on board. There is speculation the journalists are from The New York Times.

SEPT 8th : No Vessels Reported in the MSM

The Hazara Refugee website reports “A SUSPECTED asylum-seeker boat carrying 88 people has been intercepted by Customs northwest of Darwin. Initial reporting suggests there are 88 passengers and two crew on board.

SEPT 7th : No Vessels Reported in the MSM

Customs reported that, on Sept 6th, “HMAS Armidale and HMAS Parramatta operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island today. Initial reporting suggests there are 90 passengers and four crew on board.

Following today’s election, Scott Morrison will now become Immigration Minister and he has stated in the past that he sees no need to continually report arriving vessels. So things may go underground very soon.

SEPT 6TH; No Vessels Reported in the MSM

Mike Smith reports “MAYDAY RELAY FM RCC AUSTRALIA 052215Z SEP 2013 AUSSAR 2013/6019 INDIAN OCEAN NORTHERN PART CHART AUS4071 INDONESIAN STYLE FISHING BOAT WITH APPROXIMATELY 120 PEOPLE ONBOARD IN POSITION 08-21.9S 106-24.36 AT 052141 UTC REPORTING VESSEL IS FULL OF WATER AND REQUESTING ASSISTANCE. VESSELS WITHIN 2 HRS REPORT BEST ETA

HMAS Armidale is travelling NE from Flying Fish Coce at 18 kts

Late today the Hazara Website reported “HMAS Armidale and HMAS Parramatta rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island today. Initial reporting suggests there are 90 passengers and four crew on board.”

SEPT 5TH No vessels reported in the MSM

SEPT 4th No vessels reported in the MSM

SEPT 3rd No vessels reported in the MSM

Nothing spotted in any of my usual sources. Although there is an interesting vessel on the live ships map – it is allegedly travelling at 81.6kts on a heading of 148. WOW!

The other thing I have noticed is that the MSM have gone back to a June tragedy to fill their front pages. So there is nothing current which interests them. Perhaps this is so that, should they get their desired election result, all lowering of refugee numbers can be credited to the incoming Government. You read that conspiracy theory right here, first! It seems to be EIGHT days since a confirmed Asylum Seeker boat has arrived in Australian waters.

The Hazara Website reported on 3rd Sept that “HMAS Parramatta rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island overnight. Initial reporting suggests there are 31 passengers and two crew on board.” and also that “HMAS Pirie rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island this morning. Initial reporting suggests there are 31 people on board.

Politics and Strange Bedfellows


Australia has an election campaign.

Tony Abbott is the Leader of the Opposition and is hoping to become Prime Minister.

“Tone” is not only a politician but also a keen athlete, being involved in triathalons and bicycling events. His lycra biking outfit has become famous while his budgie-smuggling swimming costume is infamous.

On the other side of Australian politics is a Minister for the Environment named Peter Garrett. Peter was possibly better known as the front man for the rock band “Midnight Oil”.

Now the political shenanigans begin.

It seems that other parts of our rapscallion Leader of the Opposition need protection as well. From the ABC comes the important headline;

Garrett steps in to save Abbott’s Booby

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