ASIO warning ignored for deal on Tamil refugees

Paul Maley & Lanai Vasek; 13/1/10

The Rudd government approved the transfer to Australia of four Tamil refugees deemed to be a security threat while they were in detention in Indonesia to honour Canberra’s special resettlement deal with Jakarta. The revelation came as Immigration Minister Chris Evans confirmed that a fifth Tamil asylum-seeker had been given an adverse ASIO security assessment. Senator Evans said the adverse security assessments issued against four of the 78 Tamils who engaged in a four-week standoff on board the Oceanic Viking in October and November, including a woman, had been handed down while they were in detention in Tanjung Pinang. The opposition demanded to know why the government agreed to accept people who ASIO had already rejected.

See:; Refugee family faces indefinite detention; Yuko Narushima; 13/1/10;