He says this is in spite of recommendations made after the 2010 tragedy, and in contravention of Australia's responsibilities to those in trouble at sea.

Another asylum seeker boat tragedy is playing out today , as Indonesian and Australian authorities conduct a sea and air search for 144 people missing off the coast of Indonesia afteranother asylum seeker vessel sank. Retired diplomat and author Tony Kevin has long been critical of Australian search and rescue efforts when it comes to asylum seeker boats in trouble. He believes this time Australian authorities waited too long before seriously attending to the crisis.

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