Latest news on Christmas Island from the Guardian. Secrecy over Christmas Island death 'blatant nonsense', says Jon Stanhope. Unrest breaks out at Christmas Island detention centre after refugee's death. Immigration department confirms disturbance after reports guards. On 15 December , a boat carrying around 90 asylum seekers, mostly from Iraq and Iran, . "Asylum Boat Death Toll Reaches 30 as Australia Continues Salvage Operation". Bloomberg News. Retrieved 17 December ^ Jump up to.