Tag Archives: christmas island

Julia uses the F-word

THE Christmas Island detention centre will be significantly scaled down as a result of last week’s violent protests, as the government continues to be lashed by local residents who say they warned of the consequences of overcrowding at the facility. The Australian Federal Police finally reasserted control over the fire-ravaged centre at the weekend after […]

Mercy for Seena

I was distressed to read today about Seena, a 9-year-old asylum seeker from Iran who was orphaned after the boat in which he was travelling sank in December last year. Seena has been in immigration detention on Christmas Island since that time, but was allowed to the mainland the other day for the funerals of […]

Seasons Grievings

Australia is launching a criminal investigation into the Christmas Island shipwreck that killed at least 28 people, under people trafficking laws. Prime Minister Julia Gillard said more bodies may be pulled from the sea after a boat carrying suspected asylum seekers crashed into jagged rocks. She said the boat may have been carrying more than […]