“…[A]t least 55 asylum seekers…drowned when their boat sank close to Christmas Island… The country’s Customs and Border Protection agency said no attempts would be made to recover the bodies of the deceased… The AFP news agency said around 13 bodies had been spotted floating lifeless in the waves, but no attempts have been made to recover and bury them.

Border Protection Command’s Rear Admiral David Johnston told the Sydney Morning Herald on Sunday: “The recovery of bodies is complex and time consuming…”

…Former ambassador Tony Kevin…told The Age newspaper that there needed to be an urgent inquiry into why it took so long for the Border Protection Command to send a boat to to aid the flailing vessel. “I contend that if they’d taken prompt interception or assistance action by a surface vessel on Wednesday afternoon, those 55 people would still be alive,” he said.

Sarah Hanson-Young, a Greens Senator, said the time had come for a policy overhaul. “We have the harshest policy that this country has ever had on asylum seekers at the moment, and yet people are still coming,” she told ABC News 24.

The boat sank less than 30 miles from the coast of Christmas Island, with 55 people believed to be on board including women and children…”

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