What can you say about the tragedy off Christmas Island?
A Custom Department spokeswoman this morning confirmed the death toll had risen to 30 after a fragile Indonesian fishing boat packed with up to 100 asylum seekers was smashed against the island’s jagged limestone coast.
Obviously there’s a whole sequence of events that has led to this, but the apparent desperation of the people on-board to escape from Iran and Iraq to a better life was underscored by near-consecutive items on the news ticker on ABC News Breakfast yesterday morning.
We’re pretty lucky in Australia. While some who live here do yearn to live elsewhere, few have to resort to these types of measures to try and get there.
PS. Kudos to the people of Christmas Island who did what they could to help.