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Another boat almost reaches mainland as 30,000 people have now arrived since last election



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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling Another boat almost reaches mainland as 30,000 people have now arrived since last election April 15, 2013

The latest two illegal boats arrivals make it 30,000 people to arrive in Australia by boat since Julia Gillard promised to squash the people smuggling trade at the last election, Acting Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and Shadow Minister for Justice Customs and Border Protection Michael Keenan said.

“Once again the farce that is Labor’s border protection policies has been exposed with another illegal boat arrival, carrying 72 passengers, making it nearly all the way to Broome undetected.

“Not only did this vessel almost reach the Australian mainland but the West Australian Police were called on to assist in the interception - another clear indication of just how overstretched our Border Protection Command is in trying to deal with Labor’s dismal mismanagement of our borders.

“This is yet another embarrassment for the Government in a week that has already seen an asylum boat make it all the way to Geraldton undetected and another vessel arrive in Flying Fish Cove on Christmas Island undetected.

“Despite this being the second boat in under a week to almost reach the mainland of WA, Labor is still yet to pass its legislation to excise the Australian mainland from the migration zone - meaning all illegal boat arrivals that reach the mainland are therefore unable to be processed offshore.

“The last election Julia Gillard said she would stop the boats from coming yet she has since presided over the single greatest amount of illegal boat arrivals under any Australian Prime Minister.

“On September 14 the Australian people will have the opportunity to judge this Government on their failure to protect Australia’s borders,” Mr Keenan said.

© Authorised by Michael Keenan MP, 203 Wanneroo Road, Tuart Hill WA 6060

www.keenan.net.au

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