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Another boat as chaos grows inside detention centres

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling ANOTHER BOAT AS CHAOS GROWS INSIDE DETENTION CENTRES November 15, 2012

Another illegal boat arrival, this time with 86 people on board, will add yet more people into an already bulging detention system, and will contribute to rising tensions and skyrocketing costs as Labor’s half hearted policies and resolve continue to fail on our borders, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Another day, another boat arrival and once again more people are being shoved into our overcrowded detention centres. Every day under Minister Bowen’s failed policies is ‘Groundhog Day’,” Mr Morrison said.

“Having ignored the lessons of his failure which led to the riots and chaos in detention centres last year, it seems Minister Bowen is eager to repeat his same mistakes.

“Boats continue to come in record numbers, people are back on detention centre roofs and in tents at Christmas Island.

“We are just half way through November and already 23 boats have arrived with more than 1,250 people on board. Over 9,600 people have arrived so far this financial year including over 7,000 since Labor announced Nauru would be reopened.

“The only difference Minister Bowen has made on our borders is to make his failure worse and he’s rung up record bills for taxpayers as the biggest spending Immigration Minister in our nation’s history in the process,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “86 boats carrying over 1,200 people have arrived in the last two weeks under Labor as our patrol vessels are continually used by the people smugglers as their own daily water taxi service.

“The Minister for Immigration, Chris Bowen, put out a release today announcing that his Government had returned 32 Sri Lankan arrivals back home, however in the last 24 hours there have been over 170 arrivals at Cocos Islands - the traditional destination of Sri Lankan asylum seekers.

“This constant influx of boat arrivals clearly shows that Labor’s message is not working. The boats are still arriving faster than people can be flown home - this is further indication that Labor should reintroduce the Coalition’s proven border protection policy of turning the boats back around when it is safe to do so.

“The Government needs to start turning the boats back around if they want to send a clear message to the people smugglers that Australia’s borders are closed for business,” Mr Keenan said.

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