Immigration Minister tight-lipped over asylum seeker boat rescue involving Indonesia and Australia





Immigration Minister tight-lipped over asylum seeker boat rescue involving Indonesia and Australia

The Federal Government is refusing to release details about an ongoing asylum boat rescue involving Australian and Indonesian authorities.

In a one-line statement, Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's office said: "Australian authorities are liaising with their Indonesian counterparts in relation to a vessel that has requested assistance as the vessel is within Indonesia's search and rescue zone."

The Government has a policy of only providing detailed information about border protection operations at weekly media briefings.

Mr Morrison is expected to hold his next briefing today.

The Opposition's Immigration Spokesman, Richard Marles, says the Minister shouldn't wait to release more information.

"This really highlights the culture of secrecy that we see from this government around the issue of border protection and asylum seeker vessels, and it's simply not good enough that Australian assets are involved in a rescue, or appear to be involved in a rescue, and we're hearing about this first from Indonesian authorities and not from our own government," he said.


 














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