From the paper I hardly ever read comes this little hidden-away snippet. (Excuse the obvious spelling mistakes. It is, after all, The Australian).
Australian authorities have performed a tense rescue north-east of Christams Island.
An asylum seeker has been brought ashore on a stretcher wrapped in silver thermal material following the intervetion of the authorities
HMAS Glenelg intercepted the vessel, thought to be carrying 144 passengers, after someone onboard called for help this afternoon.
HMAS Glenelg and ACV Triton provided assistance to the vessel at the request of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority.
Two children are among the asylum seekers brought ashore at the Australian territory so far this evening.
Does Mr Abbott know about this? If so, I’m wondering a couple of things.
- Given that he is quick to blame the Government for the deaths at sea of asylum seekers, will he now give it credit for preventing some deaths?
- Will he condemn the navy for rescuing asylum seekers from a perilous situation whilst his publicly announced preference is that they turn back boats?