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Over 20,000 boat arrivals since election

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Michael Keenan MP - Federal Member for Stirling OVER 20,000 BOAT ARRIVALS SINCE ELECTION October 18, 2012

Over 20,000 people have arrived on illegal boats since the last election, as two more boats turn up with a total of 131 people on board, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Julia Gillard continues to break records on illegal boat arrivals with over 20,000 people having arrived on boats since the 2010 election when she promised to break the people smugglers’ business model but instead became it,” Mr Morrison said.

“Almost 5,000 people have arrived since Labor’s backflip on Nauru, over twice the combined capacity of Nauru and Manus Island. More arrivals will continue so long as Labor fails to implement the full suite of Coalition border protection policies.

“The arrival of yet another boat from Sri Lanka comes as Labor refuses to address the massive boat surge coming from that country.

“While an alleged act of piracy occurs off Sri Lanka from people seeking to come to Australia by illegal boat, Prime Minister Gillard and Minister Bowen won’t even lift a finger to assist the Sri Lankan government to turn back boats or discuss sending Sri Lankans intercepted outside our waters back to Sri Lanka" Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “News of these two latest boat arrivals carrying 131 people comes on the same day a boatload of potential asylum seekers from Sri Lanka committed an alleged act of piracy at sea.

“Boat arrivals since polling day on 21 August 2010 have now reached 20,117 people on 309 boats, adding to Prime Minister Gillard’s list of border protection failures.

“Labor’s weak border protection policies are drawing these boats to Australia like magnets and are causing problems for our regional neighbours, including Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

“With 27,466 people having arrived since Australia’s border protection regime was dismantled, it is high time Labor took the sugar off the table and reinstate the Coalition’s policies which have a real deterrent effect,” Mr Keenan said.

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