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Indonesia gets tough over Tony Abbott s new boat policy

By Michael Bachelard

Nov. 14, 2013, 3 a.m.

A tougher approach from Indonesia’s armed forces since the election of Tony Abbott’s government is partly responsible for the country’s reluctance to have asylum seekers brought into its waters by Australian navy vessels.

The revelation comes as details emerge about the stand-off between Australia and Indonesia last week, with an official suggesting the stricken fishing vessel at the centre of the incident may have been towed by Australia back towards Indonesian territory.

Yopi Haryadi, a senior manager in Indonesia’s search and rescue agency Basarnas, also revealed that Indonesia was preparing to ask for a reduction in the size of its search and rescue zone, which extends as far as Christmas Island, to reflect the reality that it has little capacity to rescue people from the oceans south of Java. It will request this at a two-yearly meeting this month.

Mr Yopi said the Indonesian armed forces, TNI, had taken a harder line since Australia had adopted its »new policy» under Tony Abbott and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.

»TNI don’t want the Australian [navy] vessels and also Customs and border protection [ships] too often entering Indonesian territory, so that is why the Indonesian government is [making it] hard to give the security and diplomatic clearance to the Australian vessels,» Mr Yopi said.

»The government don’t want the Australian vessels entering to Indonesian territory.»

Mr Yopi also insisted that the asylum seeker boat that last week caused a mid-ocean stand-off with Australia was 107 nautical miles south of Java when an Australian vessel intercepted it. This puts it well over half way to Australia.

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In his reference to the boat at the weekly Operation Sovereign Borders briefing, General Angus Campbell said only that it had »first requested assistance» at the 43-nautical-mile point.

Mr Yopi said that after it was intercepted, and while Australia was trying to convince Indonesia to take the 63 asylum seekers on board, the Australians had brought the vessel back towards Indonesian waters.

»Before this [new] policy, Australia accepted the immigrants and took care where is the nearest [port]. If the nearest [was] Indonesia, we take care of the immigrant; but if near to Australia, Australia takes care of the immigrant. But [since] the change of the policy, Australia cannot accept that again,» he said.

Mr Morrison did not specifically address any of Mr Yopi’s points but said Indonesia was »the closest place of safety».

»This was a search and rescue [SAR] operation, not a turn-back operation,» he said.

An asylum seeker vessel carrying 50 people, including at least five children, is in distress in the ocean south of Java at 11.44am local time near the district of Bayah.

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