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Minister for Justice and Customs

Senator the Hon Amanda Vanstone

Senator for South Australia



2 December 1999

Six suspected illegal immigrants arrive on boat



Another boat carrying suspected illegal immigrants has been detected , the Minister for Justice and Customs, Senator Amanda Vanstone, announced today.


The vessel, a motorised Indonesian fishing boat, arrived late yesterday at Ashmore Islands with six people and two crew on board.


Crew of the Environment Australia vessel, Aurelia IV , which is stationed at Ashmore Islands and which assists the Coastwatch surveillance network, reported the boat’s arrival.


Customs Coastwatch has tasked the Customs vessel Botany Bay , which has been patrolling waters off north-west Australia, to bring the people to the mainland where they will be processed by officials from the Department of Immigration and Multicultural Affairs.


Senator Vanstone said the latest vessel to be detained, the first for December, followed last month’s record influx of 14 boats containing 1247 people.


Minister available through Kevin Donnellan 0419 400 078



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