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Asylum seekers: Dangerous voyage a test of decency

The fate of a small boat stranded in Indonesia with 44 Sri Lankans on board looms as a test of human decency, for Australia as much as Indonesian authorities.

The vessel has been marooned almost a fortnight on the beach in Aceh Besar near the western port of Lhoknga, apparently after a perilous open ocean voyage from southern India.

It is far from clear whether the men, women and children on board are seeking asylum from persecution, or – as Indonesian authorities contend – are hoping for economic opportunity.

A proper assessment of their circumstances is required, far more than the hasty assertions so far made…

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