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Another boat as smugglers clear monsoon backlog

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling ANOTHER BOAT AS SMUGGLERS CLEAR MONSOON BACKLOG February 03, 2013

The arrival of another illegal boat, with 135 people on board, signals a break in the weather as people smugglers attempt to clear their monsoon backlog in Indonesia, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

"A break in the weather has seen people smugglers move quickly to get their backlog of clients arriving into Indonesia during the monsoon onto the boats, with just under 200 people turning up in the past few days," Mr Morrison said.

"The only deterrent to illegal boats arriving in Australia over the summer has been the weather. Yet even during this monsoon season there was a record number of illegal arrivals in January.

"Australia doesn't need yet another Labor Minister to babysit their border policy failures, we need a change of Government with the resolve and full suite of proven Coalition measures to stop the boats," Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “2 boats, carrying nearly 200 passengers, have arrived in the last 24 hours as the people smugglers closing down sale picks up momentum.

"Under a Labor Government Australia’s borders are weakened making it easier for them to be penetrated by criminal syndicates, including people smugglers.

“The Australian people will hold this Government to account for their disastrous mismanagement of our borders.

“The Coalition has stopped the boats before and will stop them again because we have the tough border protection policies needed to put an end to this insidious trade,” Mr Keenan said.

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