Ashmore and Cartier Islands

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Ashmore and Cartier Islands

(ăsh`mōr, cär'tē-ā`), unhabited tropical islands, 2 sq mi (5 sq km), E Indian Ocean, a dependency of Australia located 190 mi (300 km) NW of N Western Australia. Ashmore Reef is comprised of three coral islets (West, Middle, and East) enclosed by a coral reef. Cartier Island, 33 mi (53 km) to the southeast, is sandy and also surrounded by a reef. The island and the islets are each about 0.5 mi (0.8 km) wide. The group came under Australian authority in 1931. A national nature reserve, Ashmore Reef abounds with bird and ocean life. Cartier Island, once a bombing range, is now a marine reserve.
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The boat that ran aground off Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara province on Sunday was trying to cross to the Australian-controlled Ashmore Reef, Budi Santoso, head of the Indonesian police's asylum seeker taskforce said in a text message.
The 40-metre on-station vessel, built at Strategic's multi-purpose shipyard in Vung Tau, Vietnam, is designed for flexible self-sufficiency and long term deployment at Ashmore Reef, an external territory of Australia 450 nautical miles East from Darwin in the Indian Ocean.
Compared to our own Ashmore Reef and Christmas Island, surprisingly few of these Franco-British territories consider the issue a problem, but of those that do, Mayotte and French Guiana are presented as case studies.
After being intercepted by Indonesian police some nine months ago while out at sea trying to reach Ashmore Reef, Australia's uninhabited farthest island they were escorted back to shore to the local detention centre where they are stranded in a no-mans land with few options left.
The small wooden fishing vessel, containing 49 asylum seekers thought to be from Iraq or Afghanistan, was being held by Australian border patrol vessels on Ashmore Reef after it was intercepted Wednesday.
The boat had been intercepted on Wednesday by Australian navy patrol ships near Ashmore Reef, about 840km from the northern city of Darwin.
Australia has a number of island territories to its north, including Christmas Island, Ashmore Reef, and Cocos Island, all of which are proximate to Indonesia, a major transit country for people smuggling to Australia.
The redefining of the territorial status of Christmas Island, Ashmore Reef and the Cocos Islands, placing them beyond the `migration zone', suggests a rather more fluid concept of territorial integrity.
Immigration Minister Phillip Ruddock said two boats that were operating as part of a people-smuggling racket had left Indonesia last week for the remote Ashmore Reef, a deserted Australian-administered territory 200 kilometers south of Kupang, West Timor.
These shoals are in the approximate position of Ashmore Reef, now Australian territory, and it appears likely that they represent this low-lying island.
The boat had landed on Ashmore Reef, off Australia's northwest coast, more than a week ago carrying about 200 people.
The majority consist of refugees from the Middle East who travel on Indonesian-skippered boats, with the most common destination being the remote Australian-administered territories of Christmas Island, which lies just 400 kilometers south of Jakarta, and the Ashmore Reef, around 200 km south of Kupang in Indonesia's West Timor Province.