Petulant child senator Sarah Hanson-Young throwing hissy fits over Â “prison ships”
But Hanson Young’s Â career depends on it. She made herself the speaker for the third world.
THE federal government has refused to confirm reports that a boat carrying 153 Tamil asylum seekers, including 30 children, is in high seas off Christmas Island.
Here’s an older entry from theÂ Sydney Moonbat HeraldÂ where she and the complicit enemedia does the same song and dance:
Border protection deny running ‘prison ship’ for asylum seekers
Border protection authorities have denied they’re running a ”prison ship” off the coast of Christmas Island for asylum seekers arriving in Australian territorial waters.
Immigration officials faced a grilling at a Senate estimates hearing on Monday night about unconfirmed reports an asylum seeker boat was intercepted off Christmas Island in mid-May and its passengers are in custody on the Customs Ocean Protector ship.
Customs chief executive Michael Pezzullo maintained that only an illegal foreign fishing boat had been intercepted near Christmas Island recently.
Australian Greens senator Sarah Hanson-Young referred to reports Christmas Islanders saw clothing packs being taken out to the Ocean Protector.
But Mr Pezzullo refused to comment on logistics, operational matters or any legal advice about holding people in custody.
He rejected Labor senator Kim Carr’s description that asylum seekers were being detained on a ”prison ship”.
”People are being held in secure circumstances and subject to operational orders,” he said, adding they were appropriately cared for with adequate food and water.
Senator Carr asked how many people were in custody on the Ocean Protector and other vessels.
”I’m not going to discuss that,” Mr Pezzullo said.
On Monday, Senator Hanson-Young told Fairfax Media that the Abbott government’s ” obsession with secrecy means that we are hearing eye-witness reports of refugee boats from Christmas Island locals, while Customs and Immigration officials remain tight-lipped”.
”The government is refusing to answer even the most basic questions about the health and safety of people who may be locked up inside a customs vessel right now,” Senator Hanson-Young said.
”The boats haven’t stopped; the government has just stopped telling the Australian people what is really happening.
”This consistent cover-up from the Abbott government is very concerning. There are lives being put at risk out on the open ocean because of the Coalition’s reckless tow-back policy and they’re refusing to be upfront about that.
”The government must own up to the fact that Operation Sovereign Borders has become Operation Prison Ships.”
In estimates, Mr Pezzullo also would not confirm whether additional orange life boats had been bought since $2.5 million was allocated last year.
Several life boats have washed up on Indonesian shores with asylum seekers on board.
The Coalition government maintains there have been no successful people smuggling ventures since late December, but officials refused to confirm reports nine asylum seeker boats had been turned back to Indonesia from Australian waters since late December.
In early May, Indonesian navy officers claimed Australian authorities added three people to an asylum seeker boat before sending it back to their country.
The Australian Federal Police are considering a request to investigate the matter, which legal experts say might constitute a people-smuggling offence under Australian law.
Operation Sovereign Borders commander Angus Campbell would not comment on the incident saying it was an on-water matter.