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98 die on a horror refugee boat

Posted by: 2UE | 21 February, 2013 - 8:53 AM
Asylum seekers: 66 arrived on the AUSTRALIAN mainland in WA yesterday

98 dead refugees have been thrown overboard on a drifting asylum seeker boat near Sri Lanka, one by one, by starving shipmates. Paul Murray on the horror with Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor.

 

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A boat carrying 32 Burmese refugees has been intercepted off the coast of Sri Lanka following a two-month ordeal at sea.

Up to 98 people may have died of starvation and dehydration - their bodies thrown overboard.

Immigration Minister Brendan O'Connor says it's time to take another look at the Malaysia people-swap deal.

His shadow counterpart Scott Morrison is adamant the Malaysia Solution is half-baked.

It follows calls from an expert panel for a regional framework to discourage asylum seekers from making the dangerous journey to Australia.

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Blog comments Your Say

  • @Bikinis, this boat was bringing in Tamils from Sri Lanka and Tamils are predominantly Hindus. They are the main arrivals these days, not Muslims.

    But don't let the facts get in the way of your bigoted agenda; just keep harping on the same tune as the Nazis and Zionists used to do!

    Terrence Sunday 24 February, 2013 - 7:39 AM
  • @ john.golding,
    You have realised what I have been saying for a long time, our Governments hate us, and they are doing their best to turn Australia into an Islamic country!

    Bikinis not burkas Friday 22 February, 2013 - 10:48 AM
  • enough with the emotional blackmail.illegal people shouldn't have an australian citizenship ,centerlink benefit and housing 2years only .MOVE THE CITIZENDHIP TO 5YEARS
    GROW SPIN &STOP BEING THE LAUGHING STOCK OF THE PLANET

    mia Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 11:10 PM
  • I would like t say to all the bleeding hearts who say we have a respnsibility to the 98 so called refugees who died that we do not have to be reszponsible for them. They were just off the coast f Sri Lanka. For gods sake lets just shut the borders and do what is best for the australians who pay tax and nt for the freeloader refugees and bludgers in this country.

    paul Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 9:55 PM
  • ROYAL COMMISSION!!
    @john.golding, very well said, Aussie patriot! How is it these queue jumpers 90% of them throw overboard their passports and mobile phones to deceive the authorities?? How is it 94% refuse to work, even after 5years?? How is it they go back home for holidays to their "dangerous" countries that they allegedly "fled" fearing death and persecution?? As if? How is it they are getting away with this fast track illegal entry migration to Australia?? I ill tell you how!! "Young & naive" traitor Juliarrr Gillard was a very bad lawyer and now she is a very bad prime minister, wrecking Australia with her rotten treasonous Labor Government! As the saying goes; fake it, until you make it, just like that impostor, liar Juliarrr Gillard has done!!

    www.abortiontruth.com Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 8:13 PM
  • There are 2 million refugees currently around the world,if you were one of them which country would you want to come to

    Pete Thursday 21 February, 2013 - 3:23 PM

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