Australia defends response to boat accident

Prime Minister Gillard defends decision to call of search for bodies of drowned asylum seekers.

Last Modified: 11 Jun 2013 15:34
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Australia's Prime Minister Julia Gillard has defended a decision to leave the bodies of drowned asylum seekers in the ocean.

A boat carrying at least 55 people went down last week, near the Australian territory of Christmas Island.

Groups representing asylum seekers have criticised the decision not to recover the bodies.

Al Jazeera's Andrew Thomas reports from Sydney.


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
'Justice for All' demonstrations swell across the US over the deaths of African Americans in police encounters.
Six former Guantanamo detainees are now free in Uruguay with some hailing the decision to grant them asylum.
Disproportionately high number of Aboriginal people in prison highlights inequality and marginalisation, critics say.
Nearly half of Canadians have suffered inappropriate advances on the job - and the political arena is no exception.
Women's rights activists are demanding change after Hanna Lalango, 16, was gang-raped on a bus and left for dead.
Buried in Sweden's northern forest, Sorsele has welcomed many unaccompanied kids who help stabilise a town exodus.
A look at the changing face of North Korea, three years after the death of 'Dear Leader'.
While some fear a Muslim backlash after café killings, solidarity instead appears to be the order of the day.
Victims spared by the deadly disease are reporting blindness and other unexpected post-Ebola health issues.