'Customs slammed over response to stricken boat' ABC News 10 May 2010 https://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2010/05/10/2894571.htm
Perhaps I blinked, but this tragedy seems to have slipped under the radar, which is startling in the context of widespread public outcry over Rudd Labor's denial of processing of asylum claims by people fleeing Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. What's also troubling is the very guarded press release from office of the Minister for Home Affairs https://www.tinyurl.com.au/993 (If border control policies worry you, then Minister Brendon O'Connor's Media releases https://www.tinyurl.com.au/993 will thoroughly disturb ... )
For interest, there's no backdown on the denial of claims processing: the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Citizenship issued this media release on 6 May: asylum-seekers from Afghanistan will have to wait 6 months from April 9, and from Sri Lanka 3 months, for any review of the decision. (The media release is at https://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/media_releases/799 ). So the war is over in Afghanistan, and hostilities have transmuted to harmony in Sri Lanka? What rubbish.
Meantime, this UN News Centre report suggests that, at the least, the UNHCR is closely monitoring Australia strategies 'UN agency urges Australia to look for alternatives to detaining asylum-seekers