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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Albany]



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

5 November 2012

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

HMAS Albany, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north-west of Christmas Island this morning.

Initial indications suggest there were 110 people on board.

The vessel was initially detected by a Customs and Border Protection Dash 8 surveillance aircraft, operating under the control of Border Protection Command.

Border Protection Command has transferred the passengers to Christmas Island where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

People arriving by boat without a visa after 13 August 2012 run the risk of transfer to a regional processing country.

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