CANBERRA (Reuters) – Australia’s government said on Monday it would no longer provide regular information on asylum boats turned away or on emergencies at sea involving asylum seekers under a new military operation to curb people trafficking.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, accused by rights groups of imposing a gag on an issue which split voters in a September 7 election, said the government would no longer provide full briefings on border protection incidents to safeguard operational security and avoid alerting trafficking syndicates.
Aust immigration minister says no “megaphone diplomacy” to Indonesia – apart from the biffo tone on military border ops and boat briefings.
Will Australia’s new immigration minister keep this belligerent voice/face for his boat talks in Indonesia? That will be interesting …
CANBERRA (Reuters) – Tony Abbott relishes a fight, but Australia’s new conservative prime minister needs to find a reserve of diplomacy before his first overseas trip to Indonesia, with time fast running out on his “stand or fall” election pledge to stop asylum boats.
Abbott, a former champion boxer with a reputation for combativeness, arrives in Jakarta on September 30 for talks with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on his promise to have Australia’s navy turn asylum-seekers away at sea and break the business of people traffickers operating from Indonesian ports.