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Thursday, 14 November 2013
Page: 336

Asylum Seekers


Mr MARLES (Corio) (14:44): My question is to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection. I ask the minister about an on-land operation of boat buying. How many Indonesian fishing boats has the government bought since the election?


Mr MORRISON (CookMinister for Immigration and Border Protection) (14:44): Again, it is an operational matter. But I can tell you this, and that is that the measures which comprise $20 million to effectively engage communities across Indonesia, where we have had great success in getting their cooperation to spread the message about the evils of people-smuggling—which those measures and many others that were contained in that package were designed to achieve—are progressing well.