Two shipwrecked fishermen claim to have languished for two weeks off the coast of
Queensland before being rescued by a passing trawler. The fishermen claim to
have been seen by several boats in their life-raft ordeal which refused to rescue them.
It has been suggested that this is the legacy of last year's Tampa
fiasco. Mariners are supposedly reluctant to rescue people in distress if they
are not allowed to enter Australian waters after doing so.
Needless to say the Left are blaming the Howard
this. They are not blaming the people smugglers, nor the asylum seekers who
employed them, but are blaming the Howard Government for asserting Australia's
The real reasons in this matter are actually more sinister.
Skippers are reluctant to rescue people in the high-seas because they don't
want their ships hijacked by thugs, as happened with the Tampa.
It has now been over a year since any boats of asylum seekers have made it
to Australia. When the
Left wakes up and stops trying to encourage more asylum seekers to attempt the
trip this will become part of the Tampa legacy which people can eventually feel
secure to forget. Then such nightmares can be avoided.