A discussion on the children overboard incident and the tampa affair

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A discussion on the children overboard incident and the tampa affair

Rescue at sea[ edit ] The MV Tampa. In the years leading up toincreasing numbers of people attempted to travel to Australia by boat to seek asylum as refugees. Hundreds of people arrived on tightly packed, unseaworthy vessels, and many paid large amounts of money to people smugglers for their passage to Australia.

On 26 August, Rescue Coordination Centre RCC Australia, which had been aware of the vessel's distress, possibly through Coastwatch surveillance, requested all ships in the area to respond. Of the ships that acknowledged the request, the Tampa was closest to the site and began to proceed towards the distressed Palapa 1.

According to international law, survivors of a shipwreck are to be taken to the closest suitable port for medical treatment. The closest suitable port was 12 hours away in MerakIndonesia. Christmas Island was six or seven hours closer, [5] but it did not have the ability to receive large shipping freighters.

A call to shipping was broadcast at A metre Indonesian type vessel with 80 plus persons on board adrift in the vicinity of Vessels within 10 hours report best ETA and intentions to this station.

The first child was lifted to safety at 2: Rinnan recounted in an interview with Norway Today: They sent a plane to direct us to the sinking boat. When we arrived it was obvious to us that it was coming apart.

Several of the refugees were obviously in a bad state and collapsed when they came on deck to us. During the rescue, Rinnan received a call from Jakarta advising him to disembark the passengers at the ferry port of Merak, Indonesia. About half an hour after the Tampa had set sail toward Indonesia, a delegation of five asylum seekers visited the bridge to demand passage to Australian territory, specifically Christmas Islandor any western country.

They behaved aggressively and told us to go to Australia. They said they had nothing to lose. The Australian government refused permission for the ship to enter Australia's territorial waters, and threatened to prosecute Captain Arne Rinnan as a people smuggler if it did so.

Indonesia had also accepted co-ordination of the rescue, and the closest suitable port was Merak in Indonesia. The Minister for Foreign AffairsAlexander Downer explained to parliament that "It is important that people understand that Australia has no obligation under International law to accept the rescued persons in to Australian territory.

About half an hour into the turn, however, they did notice and again became agitated. Captain Rinnan, concerned that if the ship continued to sail to Indonesia the asylum seekers could jump overboard or riot and harm the crew, decided to head back towards Christmas Island.

He reported that several of the asylum seekers were unconscious, and others were suffering from dysenterystatements subsequently supported by the SASR physician, but later disputed by Australian authorities.

The Australian government provided medical assistance and food, but still refused permission for the ship to enter Australian territorial waters. The Australian government sent military personnel to Christmas Island, ostensibly to be ready to provide this assistance to the ship.

The legality of this action has been the subject of debate, with the Australian government maintaining that it was illegal. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

March Learn how and when to remove this template message The Australian government responded by dispatching Australian troops SASR led by squadron commander Major Vance Khan, under Colonel Gus Gilmoreto board the ship and prevent it from approaching any closer to Christmas Island.

The SASR doctor later reported that the rescuees were generally dehydrated, malnourished and unhappy. Many were suffering from dehydration, exhaustion and minor ailments including sixty one cases of scabiesforty six of head liceand twenty four of gastroenteritis.

They also attended to four pregnant women. There were some disputes between the SASR and the ship's medical officer Christian Maltau, a deck officer with limited medical experience, regarding the deployment of medical supplies from the Tampa, and the use of the limited supplies of water.

In one incident, the ship's officer turned off the ship's water supply while rescuees were being washed after an outbreak of diarrhoea.

A discussion on the children overboard incident and the tampa affair

Captain Rinnan anchored approximately four nautical miles off Christmas Island. This section does not cite any sources. March Learn how and when to remove this template message The Australian troops instructed Captain Rinnan to move the ship back into international waters; he refused, claiming the ship was unsafe to sail until the asylum seekers had been offloaded.

The ship-owners said they agreed with his decision, and the Norwegian government warned the Australian government not to seek to force the ship to return to international waters against the captain's will. The Australian government tried to persuade Indonesia to accept the asylum seekers; Indonesia refused.

Norway also refused to accept the asylum seekers and reported Australia to the United Nations, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugeesand the International Maritime Organization for alleged failure to obey its duties under international lawthough it did not ask for the assistance of these organisations.We would like to show you a description here but the site won’t allow us.

ABC news report of the Tampa affair and its political context, October In August , the Howard Government of Australia refused permission for the Norwegian freighter MV Tampa, carrying rescued refugees (predominantly Hazaras of Afghanistan from a distressed fishing vessel in international waters) and 5 crew to enter Australian waters.

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A discussion on the children overboard incident and the tampa affair

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They are headquartered in Valley Ranch in Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. October 8 — At 9am, a navy report on the incident, which does not mention children being thrown overboard, is circulated to Prime Minister John Howard, defence minister Peter Reith, immigration minister Philip Ruddock and other ministers.

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