Far be it for the Stump to gloat and say "I told you so" but the ill considered inhumane and utter disaster in waiting plan for Indonesia to be Australia's Immigrant Rendition Site of choice has already come apart.
Interestingly, from Indonesia's point of view, the below clearly demonstrates the weakness of the central government in controlling the provinces. Who is really running the country? IDIOTS ALL...Meanwhile Rudd shuffles human beings around in a gruesome version of live stock transport. Hello Howard haters and the Left...WE CAN'T HEAR YOU.....
October 27, 2009
Article from: Agence France-Presse
AN Indonesian provincial governor has refused to allow an Australian customs vessel to unload 78 Sri Lankan asylum-seekers, saying Indonesia is not a "dumping ground" for refugees.
Indonesia agreed to take the Sri Lankans on humanitarian grounds after their boat ran into trouble off Sumatra island last week en route to Australia.
They were rescued by the Australian navy and transferred to the Oceanic Viking, an Australian customs boat, which was to deliver them back to Indonesia for refugee processing.
Initially scheduled to unload its human cargo at Merak, western Java, last week, it was diverted for unknown reasons about 900km north to the Riau Islands port of Kijang.
But Riau Islands Governor Ismeth Abdullah said he had no instructions to accept the migrants.
“We ban the Australian vessel carrying 78 Sri Lankan migrants from coming ashore at Kijang port. We order the navy and the police to enforce this,” he said.
“Unless there's an order from the president, the ship cannot come ashore. We're not a dumping ground for other countries.”
The Oceanic Viking has been anchored off Kijang, on Bintan island opposite Singapore, for more than a day accompanied by an Indonesian navy warship.
Indonesian officials from various departments have been unable to explain why the Sri Lankans have not disembarked.
The delivery of the migrants is the first test of a new “framework agreement” between Canberra and Jakarta on handling asylum seekers.
The sketchy deal was announced last week after a meeting between Kevin Rudd and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in Jakarta, amid an upsurge in unlawful boat arrivals in northern Australia.