‘Piracy on the high seas’
Australia asylum policy under fire.
‘Piracy on the high seas’: Malcolm Fraser
Former Liberal Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser has characterised Australia’s interdiction and detention of more than 150 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers at sea as ‘‘piracy on the high seas.’’
He said the apprehension of the vessel on which they were travelling in international waters and their transfer to an Australian customs vessel was ‘‘in breach of international law’’, and he was unsure how else to describe it, other than as an act of piracy.
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