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Nine illegal boats in a week as Labor looks to past failures

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling NINE ILLEGAL BOATS IN A WEEK AS LABOR LOOKS TO PAST FAILURES March 20, 2013

The latest illegal boat, with 50 people on board, is the ninth to arrive in just the last week and comes as Labor continues its war with itself over whether to reinstate the original Labor lemon on border protection - Kevin Rudd, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Kevin Rudd abolished the Howard Government’s strong border protection policies. This has resulted in unprecedented cost, chaos and tragedy on our borders under his and Julia Gillard’s failed leadership,” Mr Morrison said.

“Kevin Rudd started the boats and Julia Gillard can’t stop them. Julia Gillard has the worst record of any Prime Minister on border protection in our nation’s history. Labor just can’t stop the boats, no matter who is leader.

“A Labor Government means more illegal boats, more cost, chaos and tragedy on our borders. The longer this government remains in office, the bigger the problem gets. This year is trending as the biggest for illegal boats on record.

“Over 1,100 more people have arrived by illegal boat so far this year than had arrived at the same time last year, a year in which over 17,000 people arrived illegally.

“Only the Coalition has the necessary resolve and full suite of proven measures to stop the boats,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “Four illegal boats carrying 236 people is just one day’s work under the Labor Government.

“This Government is too focused on internal problems to run the country and protect Australia’s borders.

“Instead of trying to fix the chaos they created at our borders they are too busy trying to fix themselves.

“The Coalition has a plan to restore order to our borders and seize back the control of Australia’s immigration system from the people smugglers,” Mr Keenan said.

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