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Calls for reform of sea rescue co-ordination as talks with Indonesia begin   
Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Produced by Tim Roxburgh

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High level meetings between Australian government ministers and their Indonesian counterparts got underway in Jakarta today. Many refugee advocates are hoping that the meetings produce a deal that allows Australia to take the lead in co-ordinating and carrying out rescue operations for asylum seeker boats in distress.

Yet another boat sank last week leaving around 100 people missing, after Australia passed responsibility for the rescue effort to Indonesian authorities. Australia’s aircraft have a much larger range to search for vessels in distress, and the delegation of responsibility to Indonesian authorities is being blamed by some observers for the loss of life at sea. (Image by Temari 09 on Flickr)

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Ian Rintoul - Spokesperson for the Refugee Action Coalition
Tim Stephens - Associate Professor, Director of the Sydney Centre for International Law at the University of Sydney

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