Monday, November 2, 2009

Sri Lankan asylum seekers our responsibility: Barnett

The West Australian Premier, Colin Barnett, says it is time the Federal Government ended the standoff with 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers by sending them to Christmas Island for processing.



The group of Sri Lankans is refusing to leave the Australian customs ship Oceanic Viking which has been anchored in Indonesian waters for more than a week.

A senior Indonesian Foreign Ministry official yesterday said perhaps the time had come to look for a so called 'Australian solution' to the stalemate.

Mr Barnett agrees.

"I think what we're seeing here is a fairly indecisive approach," he said.

"No one likes this situation but it's there, it's reality, seventy eight human beings on an Australian Government ship. They are our responsibility so let's deal with it."

Tags: immigration, government-and-politics, federal-state-issues, liberal-party, nationals, refugees

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