Australia Sends in Its Navy to Push Asylum-Seeker Boats Back to Indonesia

Jonathan Pearlman, Telegraph (London), January 7, 2014

Tony Abbott, Australia’s prime minister, has deployed the navy to force back boats carrying asylum seekers from Indonesian waters for the first time, leaving the boats to run aground on a remote island.

Indonesian sources said two boats carrying groups of about 45 Middle Eastern and North African asylum seekers were “pushed” back into Indonesian territory by the Australian navy.

Mr Abbott, elected last year after running on a hard-line pledge to “stop the boats”, would not confirm the incidents.

The move could further strain relations with Indonesia, which have been damaged in recent weeks by revelations that Australian spies targeted Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president, and his wife.

Following the revelations, Indonesia said it would stop cooperating with Australia in stemming the flow of asylum seekers.

In the past six years, more than 50,000 have attempted the perilous voyage in rickety boats from Indonesian transit camps to Australian waters; more than 1,000 are believed to have drowned.

Indonesia’s foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, said Jakarta firmly rejected any policies “that resemble the pushing back the boat”.

“Such policy is not actually conducive to a comprehensive solution to the issue,” he said.

Australia’s immigration minister, Scott Morrison, said he could not comment because of “operational security reasons”.

International law experts have tended to give mixed views on whether it is lawful to turn back a boatload of asylum seekers to another nation’s waters.

Mr Morrison stipulated that the Australian navy had not “violated Indonesian territorial sovereignty”.

An Indonesian police chief on Rote Island, Indonesia’s southernmost point, said two boats had arrived in recent weeks after being pushed back by Australian navy vessels.

The first boat, carrying passengers originally from Somalia, Sudan, Eritrea and Iran, was intercepted on December 13 by the Australian navy and “pushed” back to the island on December 19. A second boat, carrying mostly Africans, landed on the island on Monday.

The use of the navy to turn back boats has come under heavy criticism in Australia, with opponents saying such operations are dangerous and can lead to boats sinking.

Sarah Hanson-Young, a Greens MP, said Mr Abbott was acting with “sheer arrogance” and endangering the lives of both navy personnel and refugees from war-torn countries.

“These are refugees who’ve fled places like Sudan, Eritrea, Iran, Syria–these are war-torn areas–and then just to leave them in the ocean rather than offering them a way of having their claims assessed and to deal with their needs as refugees is just callous,” she told ABC News.

“These people could have drowned. How many other boats has this occurred to that we’ve never heard about?”

Labor last year warned that turning back boats could lead to conflict with Indonesia, a country which at times has had frosty relations with Australia.

Dr Michael White, a former Australian navy lieutenant-commander, said last year that the boats carrying asylum seekers are mostly unseaworthy fishing vessels and “don’t tow very well”.

“A willy-nilly policy of turning back the boats is totally unfair on our naval forces, on our customs sea-going forces and on our Australian federal police forces who are called in to go sea,” Dr White, now at Queensland University, told SBS News. “It is a dangerous and difficult job to board another vessel at sea.”

The Abbott government has taken a tough stance towards asylum seekers including detaining all arrivals by boat in detention centres on remote Pacific islands.

Following claims that authorities at the detention centres have restricted access to sanitary products, protesters have urged people to send tampons to the immigration minister, Mr Morrison.

“Our demand is simple–stop the ritual humiliation of women,” said the website Mama Mia.

Mr Morrison has denied the claims.

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  • dd121

    At least one white guy in the world isn’t completely mad.

    • dukem1

      This is right out of “The Camp of the Saints”.

      Problem is, Australia eventually capitulates.
      We are doomed.

  • Max Krakah


  • Luca

    Well, by reading the article above this one, there seems to be a viable solution at hand. Instead of refugees pouring into Norway, Holland, England, Italy, France, Australia and Minnesota, let’s just redirect them to that oil-rich sheikdom of Saudi Arabia where they need foreign workers.

    Problem solved.

    • Erasmus

      Send them to Israel. While the non-eskimos continue to help flood white countries with 3rd worlders, we must do our utmost to make sure Israel is browned, also. What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gefilte fish, and I don’t give a damn if Tel Aviv becomes another Mogadishu or Jerusalem the new Kampala.

    • Massif1

      Saudi Arabia doesn’t offer good benefits for the lazy.

  • D.B. Cooper

    Didn’t the Vietnamese order one of their warships to sink a load of boat people from Bangladesh about a decade ago?

  • Hunter Morrow

    It is a shame their vessels were seaworthy.Oh well, thiswill have to do in a pinch.

    • IstvanIN

      They could, and should, be made non-seaworthy. Enough sinkings would discourage them.

      • Triarius

        It only took Russia one or two for the Somalians.

  • David Ashton

    Java is overpopulated. Australia has a lot of “space”. Abbott must watch his back.

    • D.B. Cooper

      The Himalayas have a lot of space, and so does the Gobi Desert.

      • Antarctica and the moon also have lots of space. For that matter, so does the bottom of the ocean.

    • Australia is as big as the US lower-48, but the interior is quite unhospitable. There is no equivalent to the US Great Lakes or Mississippi River, so development of an Australian version of the US Midwest is quite impossible.

      • David Ashton

        Reply to you and others. I put “space” in inverted commas. There is always a pretext for invasion, and if Australian technology began to irrigate and develop parts of the wasteland….

  • M.

    “Indonesian sources said two boats carrying groups of about 45 Middle
    Eastern and North African asylum seekers were “pushed” back into
    Indonesian territory by the Australian navy.”

    They’re seeking asylum from what?! There’s no war or civil conflict in North African countries. True, the average standard of living is lower, but that doesn’t qualify them to invade other nations’ sovereignty under the guise of asylum-seeking.
    Seems like anyone can be an asylum-seeker nowadays.

    • Zaporizhian Sich

      Unless you are a white fleeing certain rape, torture and death at the hands of hostile racial and religious aliens.

    • Triarius

      Even if there was war. Funny, how they’ll travel to the other side of the world to seek asylum than go to a neighboring country. Asylum is just backdoor immigration, and usually brings the worst of the worst.

  • Sloppo

    I remember when those asylum-seeking fire-ants came to my area and now I understand that asylum-seeking formosan termites have recently arrived.

  • bigone4u

    Great story. A ray of hope for a country drowning in a sea of diversity.

  • A little cultural difference being shared here, we call our illegal immigrants ‘asylum seekers’.

    “You say potato I say potato, you say tomato….”

  • Spartacus

    Just sink them already !

  • WR_the_realist

    Indonesia’s foreign minister, Marty Natalegawa, said Jakarta firmly
    rejected any policies “that resemble the pushing back the boat”.

    “Such policy is not actually conducive to a comprehensive solution to the issue,” he said.

    Au contraire. Such a policy is the only thing that will work. Which is why Marty Natalegawa opposes it of course. And why progressives everywhere are appalled. Imagine — a refugee policy that works!

  • Chris Granzow XI

    This is quite possibly the greatest idea ever. Why hasn’t Europe been doing this in the Mediterranean for the past 20 years?

    • rightrightright

      The EU’s long-term plan is to incorporate North Africa into the EU.

  • borogirl54

    Good for Australia! They got the balls that we do not have.

    • Max Krakah

      They sent the New Guinea Gimme Monkeys PACKING!!! Gotta love it!

  • the sound the flood the hour

    Abbot might actually be a genuine representative of the people and not foreign interests unlike the european and u.s. politicians. I suspected this when he rejected the carbon tax scam and this solidifies my suspicion.

  • Bantu_Education

    How, practically speaking, can they “push back” these boats? There is a brief reference to “towing” but how would that work given the RAN said they had not intruded into Indonesian waters? Can anyone explain how they do this?

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    “Such policy is not actually conducive to a comprehensive solution to the issue,” he said.

    That’s right. Because I’m all about the comprehensive. It’s my favorite word.

    Australia needs comprehensive immigration reform, to make it stronger, more vibrant, more diverse, and more welcoming for former residents of Jakarta, Indonesia. (Which is very close to Singapore, where I’m headed if the Feds start pestering me over taxes.)


  • KittyAmerica

    Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, the Indonesian president
    Ha Ha

  • Emblematical

    The funniest thing about this story is that the left in Australia, especially in the media, seems to think that if they just run the same old holier-than-thou campaign about how ‘cruel’ and ‘inhumane’ the policy is the government might just give in, change policy, and let the floodgates open again.

    They are kidding themselves. The media are totally out of touch with regular people. They live in their own little leftoid bubble-world where self-righteous posturing is still the main currency of the realm. They don’t realize that the huge majority of Australians are completely fed up with these so-called ‘asylum seekers’. We know what they really are – queue-jumping illegals. And the more publicity the media gives this issue the more popular the government will be and they won’t be backing down.

    They days of Australia being a complete sucker and simply accepting anyone who manages to land on our territory and speak the word ‘asylum’ in one of umpteen different languages are well and truly over. They will all be either turned back or sent to third countries for offshore processing. NO-ONE will be given residency unless they’ve come the legal way.

    Now if only we could do something about that *legal* immigration. Especially of ‘refugees’ from places like Somalia. Then we might just be able to save our country before it’s too late.

    • David Ashton

      Same all round the white world whether Anglophone or not. The dominant “left” in politics, media and “education” are an encrustation on top of the people like they were in the overtly communist states.

      • wildfirexx

        Well you know who owns the media…runs the world!

        • David Ashton

          What can be done? Well, use of the internet is a start provided we use it judiciously (no pun intended).

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    I think the Australians should start shelling any vessel carrying Indonesians that tries to illegally enter territorial waters after ONE warning shot across the bow. If they turn about, well and good, they should be allowed to leave unharmed. After that, the next shells should be airburst above it or fired into the hull at the waterline. Alternatively, their vessels can be fired upon to disable them, then armed troops can storm aboard, arrest everyone, then repatriate them by force. In any case, the vessels should be shot to pieces to prevent them from being used to smuggle more infiltrators. They are not asylum seekers, they are enemy infiltrators and should be dealt with as such, and the people smugglers executed.

  • Zaporizhian Sich

    Now however there’s plenty of white Aussie women and girls for them to rape and murder, that is one motive they have for invading your land. Another is to bleed your people dry by welfare benefits to these undeserving leeches. Thirdly they want to kill your people because they are infidels in these Muslim invaders eyes.

    • captainc

      South East Asians don’t kill or rape much.. Bali is a cheap booze resort for Australian’s schoolies.

      • Zaporizhian Sich

        Have you heard of the Indonesian Christian children being found not just merely murdered, but decapitated as well? Girls in particular have been victims of this atrocity. I do not care what they do in their lands, I care about what they do in ours.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    Illegal asylumseekers are only a small part of the problem when it comes to the danger of race replacement by non-Whites in Australia. Legal non-white immigration is a far greater problem. To get an impression : legal immigration into Australia from July 2012 to June 2013 : 152414 persons of whom only 19414 ( i.e. only 12,7%! ) came from Europe, 27964 came from Southern Asia, 23390 came from North East Asia , 22254 from South East Asia and 10997 from North Africa and the Middle East. If this trend continues Australia will soon become a majority Asian country, all in a “legal” way. Unless the Australian government has the moral courage to return to a “White Australia” policy all this grandstanding about doing something about illegal immigration is meaningless.

    • wildfirexx

      Like in Canada, the only solution to solve this problem is to …ban all immigration (like in Japan), and encourage white european families to have more children. (women have not been doing their part for some time) Nothing else will work! It’s our only way of survival, outside of a race war …which nobody wants.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        You can ban all immigration only in countries that are already “full”, such as Britain or the Netherlands. For countries that are traditional immigration countries and still have space enough you cannot use that argument. Like it or not but there comes a moment you will have to use the identity argument for selective immigration : only European immigration for European and European derived countries. That will of course be decried as “racism” but is that where the real battle starts which must come anyway.

        • Zaporizhian Sich

          Yes you can, and you can use Enoch Powell’s rivers of blood argument to permanently stop all non-white, non Christian immigration. Recent events across Europe, America, and Australia are more than enough to convince most whites who do not already know they are in dire straits.

        • Bantu_Education

          This is exactly why the lefties all over the “white world” are desperately ramping up the immigration of non-whites – so that in the near future whites will no longer be able to claim majority rights.

  • Spartacus
  • borogirl54

    But the Indonesians love the money that Australians spend going to Bali every year.

    • captainc

      who doesn’t love money? there are plenty Russians too that live in Bali.

  • Son of Abraham

    Illegals Out!

  • What are middle easterners and Africans doing in Indonesia?

    • captainc

      preparing themselves to be the next President of USA

  • Massif1

    Middle Eastern and Northern African is just more Muslims that should of been dead in Syria.

  • captainc

    that’s true GM, we prefer Europe, Netherlands to be exact due to cultural links and plenty countries to see during holidays.

  • ssviking

    They need to sink these ships and then ruthlessly gun down the survivors the only thing non-whites understand is force. hard times require cold hard measures

  • Bantu_Education

    Somalia and other hell-holes in the same region are where a good proportion of this human trash originates. So we must pay them money to take back their own effluent?

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I don’t like it either, but it would be better than letting the “asylum seekers” into our nations.

      Ideally though, I would prefer to simply not let them in. Refuse to let them off their boats, with force if necessary. After spending a few days or weeks sitting 30+ miles from shore with no prospect of getting in, they would probably turn around and go home.

  • David Ashton

    Hence my inverted commas.
    However, Benny Schreer’s advice for the ASPI last November on the accelerating military threat arising from the population disparity between Indonesia and Australia seems to be a case of: If you can’t beat ’em, help ’em.