Monthly Archives: May 2012

Two asylum seeker boats intercepted

May 21, 2012

THE Navy and Customs have intercepted two asylum seeker boats  overnight.

Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said patrol boat HMAS Larrakia, operating  under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted the first suspected  irregular entry vessel west-south-west of Christmas Island last night.

He said initial indications suggested there were 44 people on board.

Australian Customs Vessel Triton, also operating under the control of Border  Protection Command, intercepted the second vessel north of Christmas Island  early on this morning.

Initial indications suggested there were 38 people on board.

Mr Clare said both vessels were initially detected by a RAAF maritime patrol  aircraft.

“Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers from  both vessels to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo  initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will  be established,” he said.

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Navy picks up boat with 175 on board

May 21, 2012

A border protection patrol has intercepted what appears to be the biggest boatload of asylum seekers in more than two years.

A Navy patrol picked up the boat off Christmas Island after its passengers called for help.

There appeared to be 175 people on board on first count.

The Government is using the arrival to renew calls for the Opposition to vote for offshore processing in Malaysia and Nauru.

But the Opposition says it will not support sending people to Malaysia.

Opposition customs spokesman Michael Keenan says the number of arrivals is much higher than the Government has forecast.

He says the Coalition will use Senate estimates hearings over the next fortnight to demand answers about the cost of asylum seekers arriving by boat.

“We’re finding regularly that boats have got well over 100 people on them,” he said.

“This boat here, 175 people, which is an enormous boat.

“What that means of course is people are placing themselves in greater danger.

“It’s something that we must get control over.”


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New asylum seeker boat rescued off Christmas Island

May 20, 2012

AUTHORITIES have gone to the aid of a boat carrying around 175 suspected asylum seekers after it sought assistance northwest of Christmas Island.

Passengers on board requested help from the Australian Maritime Safety Authority this morning.

The vessel was subsequently intercepted by HMAS Glenelg.

“Initial indications suggest there are 175 people onboard,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said in a statement today.

“The passengers (will) be transferred to Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.”

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Asylum seekers learning the Aussie lingo

May 18, 2012

Asylum seekers Ali Amiripour, Anita Stephen and Kasim Aljfari who are hoping to work in the mining sector. Picture: Nigel Parsons

INVERBRACKIE asylum seekers are the first to trial a free online course to give migrants basic skills to work in mining and resources.

Adelaide company ETRAIN Consulting is developing the course to teach overseas-trained and low-skilled migrants Australian workplace know-how.

Modules range from occupational health and safety standards required on Australian mining sites to understanding lingo such as  “smoko” (a smoke break) and “FIFO” (fly-in, fly-out).

The Federal Government has funded the development of the course for migrants to address the shortage of skilled people who can work in the nation’s resources sector.

By 2015, the Minerals Council of Australia estimates that more 70,000 new workers will be needed to fill a range of skilled and unskilled jobs in the resources industry.

Business development consultant Mathew Balic said the course also included resume and interview tips but the key information was 3D simulation of safety techniques.

He said health and safety and risk management were the most important things for any worker to know before working on site.

“We’re developing a resource that has free access, available 24/7, for anyone, but principally migrants, to be employed in mining, oil and gas,” he said.

“These skilled migrants, who come from India or Africa, have degrees in engineering and are perfect candidates.

“Typically, they don’t understand some of the health and safety protocols and they get to the interview stage and don’t understand the acronyms such as JSA (job safety analysis) and how to apply it … ”

The early release candidates from the Inverbrackie Alternative Place of Detention are trialling the course before it is publicly released in July.

They come from a cross-section of skill and cultural backgrounds such as Sri Lanka, Africa and Afghanistan and have mining engineering and environmental management degrees.

The course is designed to help them get a foot in the door.


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Boat carrying 68 people intercepted

May 18, 2012

AUTHORITIES have picked up another boatload of suspected asylum  seekers inside Australian waters.

HMAS Glenelg intercepted the vessel north-west of Christmas Island  last night.
It’s believed there were 68 people on board the boat, which  was initially detected by a customs surveillance aircraft.
“Border  Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be  transferred to Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health  and identity checks,” Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said in a statement  today.

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Boat with 60 migrants found near Paxoi Island

May 17, 2012

A big sailing boat with 60 migrants on board was discovered on May 13 at 4am by an airplane of Frontex flying over the Ioanian. The sailing boat was heading towards Italy. The coast guard of Kerkyra arrested 58 Afghans and two Iranians, as well as two Russian citizens. The boat had collected the migrants from different points near Parga. Frontex is since months patrolling the Ioanian Sea.


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Asylum-seekers reach remote Cocos Islands

Cocos(Keeling) Island

AN asylum-seeker vessel carrying 63 passengers has arrived off the Cocos Islands, the first time this year boatpeople have reached the remote atolls, 2750 kilometres northwest of Perth.

The boat was intercepted last night one kilometre from the Cocos (Keeling) Islands, said Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare.

The arrival brings to 2946 the number of asylum-seekers who have made it to Australian waters this year, along with 88 crew.

A total of 4565 asylum-seekers and 168 crew, mostly Indonesian, were detained last year.

It is rare for asylum-seekers to make landfall on the Cocos Islands although in April last year a ship carrying 81 refugees arrived during the Easter long weekend.

Arrangements are being made to transfer the latest group of refugees to Christmas Island.


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