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Rudd-carpet ride for another illegal boat

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling RUDD-CARPET RIDE FOR ANOTHER ILLEGAL BOAT July 02, 2013

The arrival of the latest illegal boat, with 71 people on board, is the 745th to arrive since Kevin Rudd rolled out the Rudd-carpet to people smugglers by abolishing the Howard Government’s proven border protection policies, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Kevin Rudd rolled out the Rudd-carpet for illegal boat arrivals and just like three years ago, people smugglers are taking full advantage,” Mr Morrison said.

“The consequences of the Prime Minister’s Rudd-carpet are record boats and unprecedented cost, chaos and tragedy on our borders.

“Prime Minister Rudd together with Immigration Minister Tony Burke is the exact same team that went to the 2007 election saying they wanted to abolish the measures of the Howard Government.

“This is a team that can’t be trusted to stop the boats and leaves Australians with a very clear choice at this year’s election - the Coalition that believes you can stop the boats and has the proven measures and resolve to do it or Kevin Rudd and Tony Burke who started the boats, rolled out the Rudd-carpet and will only deliver more chaos on our borders,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “The first day of the new financial year is greeted by another illegal boat arrival, as the previous financial year saw 401 boats, carrying 25,541 people, arrive in Australia courtesy of people smugglers.

“This was the biggest financial year ever on record - with the equivalent of Australia’s entire humanitarian visa places taken up by people arriving illegally by boat.

“Coalition policies like turning the boats back around when it’s safe to do so, sends the strongest possible message to the people smugglers that Australia’s borders are no longer open for business - this is a policy that both Immigration Minister, Tony Burke, and Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, supported in the lead up to the 2007 election.

“As a result of six years of an inconsistent Labor Government we have ended up with our immigration system being run by people smugglers, a non-existent border protection regime and billions of dollars of wasted tax payer money - we cannot afford another three years of Labor,” Mr Keenan said.

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