Factcheck: did 1200 refugees die at sea under Labor? March 4, 2015 In an article for The Conversation co-written with her colleague Dr Sara Davies from the Queensland University of Technology, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch’s School of Law assesses the truth of Senator George Brandis’ statement that 1200 asylum seekers are estimated to have died at sea during the last Labor government. Professor Kenny and Dr Davies explain that estimating asylum seeker deaths at sea is a difficult and imprecise exercise because of the clandestine nature of people smuggling, and that the actual number of deaths is likely to be higher than those shown in available data. They also refer to estimates made by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) that in 2014, an estimated 350,000 people took to the seas in search of asylum worldwide, with an estimated 4000 individuals not surviving those journeys. To read the full article, click here. Print This Post Media contact: Jo Manning Tel: (08) 9360 2474 | Mobile: 0408 201 309 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Categories: General, Research, School of Law Research Tags: asylum seeker deaths at sea, asylum seekers, george brandis, mary anne kenny, murdoch school of law, people smugglers, queensland university of technology, sara davies, the conversation, unhcr, united nations high commissioner for refugees Leave a comment Name (required) Mail (will not be published) (required) Website You can use these tags : <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong> We read every comment and will make every effort to approve each new comment within one working day. To ensure speedy posting, please keep your comments relevant to the topic of discussion, free of inappropriate language and in-line with the editorial integrity of this newsroom. If not, your comments may not be published. Thanks for commenting!