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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel



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

MEDIA RELEASE

8 th November 2012

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

ACV Triton, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, detected and intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel north of Cocos (Keeling) Islands last night.

Initial indications suggest there are 35 passengers on board.

Border Protection Command will transfer the people to Australian Government authorities on Cocos (Keeling) Islands, where they will have basic health and security checks. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship will then make arrangements for them to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo further 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.

Media Adviser: Ryan Hamilton - 0414 599 468