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Gillard on track to reach 400 boats and 25,00 people by New Year

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling GILLARD ON TRACK TO REACH 400 BOATS AND 25,000 PEOPLE BY NEW YEAR December 11, 2012

The arrival of the latest illegal boat, with 59 people on board, has Julia Gillard on track to reach a shameful record of 400 illegal boats, or 400 policy failures under her Prime Ministership, by the end of this year, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Illegal boats continue to arrive in record numbers under Julia Gillard, even with the onset of the monsoon season where conditions are perilous and the risk of taking boat journeys to Australia intensifies,” Mr Morrison said.

“Since Julia Gillard was appointed Prime Minister with the solemn promise of smashing the people smugglers’ business model, 392 illegal boats and over 24,500 people have arrived, resulting in unprecedented cost, chaos and tragedy on our borders.

“Julia Gillard has utterly failed in her task to stop the boats and will face the Australian people next year with the worst record on border protection of any Prime Minister in our history. Labor’s record is clear - Australians cannot trust them to stop the boats.

“More than 2,000 people are currently arriving every month under Labor’s surrender to people smugglers through their new bridging visas to permanent residency policy for illegal arrivals. As long as Julia Gillard and her government remain in office, this crisis will just get worse and the cost to taxpayers will spiral past the already $6.6 billion blow out on our borders on their watch.

“Only the election of a Coalition Government will see the implementation of the full suite of proven policies and necessary resolve to stop the boats,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “Border Protection Command have again been tasked with intercepting yet another illegal boat arrival - the 260th for the year.

“Border Protection Command has had a colossal year trying to cope with this huge influx of illegal arrivals despite having limited resources and fewer personnel thanks to the Government’s budget cuts.

“The situation at our borders has deteriorated so much so that millions of dollars are spent every month on flying asylum seekers around the country on chartered flights, Royal Australian Navy warships are being used as water taxis for people smugglers, patrol vessels are literally cracking under the pressure and our detention network is so overflowing that hundreds of asylum seekers have been released into the community.

“Under Labor, there is no border protection system in place - there are just bandaid solutions and weak policies,” Mr Keenan said.

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