Australians should be told of boat turn-backs: Ex-navy chief
SYDNEY (AFP) - A retired Australian navy chief, who once led the turning back of asylum-seeker boats, on Tuesday criticised the government's decision to keep operations to repel vessels under wraps.
Australia's new conservative government led by Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised to turn back asylum-seeker boats when it is safe to do so, but revealed on Monday that the public will be kept in the dark about these operations.
"I think the Australian public do have a right to know as best they can, or as best the government can, as to what's going on," retired vice admiral David Shackleton told the ABC.
"The government said before it was elected it was going to do all these things. I think a measure of their success is keeping the Australian public informed, to be able to give the public confidence they are achieving what they said they are going to do."