Indonesian minister says a ‘human tsunami’ could be sprung on Australia
Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs, Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno has raised possibilities of releasing over 10,000 asylum seekers if Australia does not stop pressuring Indonesia. Mr Purdijatno said: “There are more than 10,000 [asylum seekers] in Indonesia. If they are let go to Australia, it will be like a human tsunami.” The figures that Mr Purdijatno speak of align with the statistics from UNHCR. A foreign migration minister expert based in Jakarta said Mr Purdijatno’s comments were “extraordinary”, and said it would require Indonesia to intentionally arrange boats for the asylum-seekers to accommodate their trek to Australia.
Australians against sending more troops to fight Isis
The recent decision to send more Australian troops to Isis has been shunned by the Australian public. According to the latest Essential poll published on Tuesday, over 50 per cent of Australians are against sending troops to Iraq. Only 36 per cent of people approved and a minority of 12 per cent felt an increase in Australian military presence in Iraq will shield Australia from terrorism. Last week Prime Minister Tony Abbott announced a further 300 Australian soldiers will be deployed to fight Islamic State militants, alongside forces from New Zealand. The forces will participate in a joint mission to train the Iraqi troops. The deployment is expected to begin in May.
Indigenous leaders call Abbott disrespectful
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner Mick Gooda said he was “baffled” by Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s description of the living standards in the Indigenous community as a “lifestyle choice”. Mr Abbott’s plans to close over 100 remote communities. “What we can’t do is endlessly subsidise lifestyle choices,” he said. Across WA, Indigenous leaders have criticised Mr Abbott’s remarks. Hugh Gallagher, from the Kalgoorlie-Boulder Chamber of Commerce and Industry, responded: “I would ask him where that fits within the government’s policy on closing the gap?” Cabinet ministers Malcolm Turnbull and Joe Hockey have supported Mr Abbott’s statement, saying he used the “right” phrase.
Daughter of Parramatta stabbing victim not told of death
The family of an IT consultant who was killed while walking through a park in Parramatta has yet to tell the victim’s daughter about her death. The nine-year-old was with her father in India when the news broke of her mother Prabha Arun Kumar’s death. Ms Kumar’s nephew told The Times of India: “Meghana keeps inquiring about her father and why there is no call from her mother in the past few days.” The victim’s husband, who was on the phone with her at the time, reportedly heard his wife begging the man not to hurt her before she was stabbed repeatedly, just minutes after telling her husband that she noticed a suspicious-looking man following her.
– Compiled from web and agency sources by Memu Conteh
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