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Christmas Island - which lies about 2,600km (1,600 miles) from Australia but only 300km south of Indonesia - is often targeted because it is the closest piece of Australian territory to Indonesia.
HMAS Bundaberg, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-east of Christmas Island yesterday.
Byline: DION JONES A VETERAN who got cancer after witnessing nuclear tests on Christmas Island has vowed to keep fighting for compensation from the government.
Australia's federal police have been working with their Indonesian counterparts to untangle the people smuggling network that orchestrated the perilous journey to Australia's Christmas island was believed to be responsible for sending the boat on its ill-fated journey.
Survivors interviewed by AFP said they were heading to Australia's remote Christmas Island documentation papers were lost at sea.
Boatpeople arriving in Australia face mandatory detention and most are sent to Christmas Island to have their refugee claims assessed, but an influx of arrivals since 2010 and delays in processing have raised tensions there.
The ex-servicemen witnessed the blasts at Christmas Island in the South Pacific first hand, and believe many veterans' lives have been ruined by the after effects of exposure to the fallout.
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] To most Australians, the name Christmas Island is synonymous with its offshore immigration detention centre, and the desperate attempts by asylum seekers to reach Australian soil in crowded, unseaworthy vessels.