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More Abbott boats as destructive negativity continues



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CHRIS BOWEN MP

MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

21 June 2012

MORE ABBOTT BOATS AS DESTRUCTIVE NEGATIVITY CONTINUES

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and the Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare MP, have called on Tony Abbott to stand up and allow for offshore processing after another two boats arrived today.

The latest boat is the 57th since the Coalition rejected compromise and the offer to work together with the Government to implement offshore processing.

Mr Bowen said despite the increase in arrivals and more people risking their lives at sea, Tony Abbott and Scott Morrison continued to turn the other cheek.

“Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison are quite happy to score cheap political points wherever they can, but their destructive negativity means people continue to risk their lives on dangerous boats,” Mr Bowen said.

“They need to reverse their position on offshore processing legislation, stop saying „no‟ and put the national interest ahead of their personal political interest.”

The Government has been prepared to work with the Coalition to see offshore processing legislation pass through the Parliament, even offering to reintroduce a Nauru processing centre - Tony Abbott‟s own policy.

Mr Clare said it was time the Opposition stopped voting no to offshore processing.

“Let's remember what this is all about - 200 people died off the coast of Indonesia and another 11 died off the coast of Malaysia,” Mr Clare said.

“If Mr Abbott is serious about stopping the boats he must stop saying „no‟ and pass our legislation to allow asylum seekers to be processed offshore in Malaysia and Nauru.”

Media Contacts: Bill Kyriakopoulos 0400 510 802 / Laura Stevens 0432 833 769 (Bowen) Korena Flanagan 0418 251 316 (Clare)