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Record illegal boat arrivals continue

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling RECORD ILLEGAL BOAT ARRIVALS CONTINUE March 30, 2013

The latest illegal boat arrivals, with a total of over 100 people on board, mean over 2,200 people have arrived on 34 boats

so far this month, a new March record, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow

Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“This March is the biggest ever for illegal boat arrivals. It is also a record first quarter for illegal boat arrivals with over

3,600 people arriving - a 179% increase on the first quarter of 2012 - and follows a record summer where over 2,500

people arrived,” Mr Morrison said.

“The last 200 of the 600 boats that arrived under Labor came in just over 200 days as Labor's bridging visa community

release policy supercharged the people smugglers' business model.

“At every turn, with every successive failed Prime Minister and Minister Labor has put up, the only result has been

more cost, chaos and tragedy on our borders.

“In contrast, the Coalition has a track record of implementing proven policies with the strong resolve needed to fight

people smugglers so that control can be once again restored to our borders,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “The flood of boat arrivals continue at an unprecedented rate whilst the Gillard Government’s lack of action only encourages more people to make this dangerous journey.

“The decision to abolish the robust border protection regime, inherited from the Howard Government, was one of the single biggest failings of the Labor Government.

“They created a crisis out of a problem that had already been solved when they came to office.

“Only a change of Government will see the proven measures of the Howard Government restored and the boats stopped,” Mr Keenan said.

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