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Ruddock's unaccompanied luggage lands at Christmas Island.



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MEDIA RELEASE

 

DUNCAN KERR MP

SHADOW MINISTER FOR JUSTICE & CUSTOM

 

18 November 1999

 

Ruddock’s unaccompanied luggage lands at Christmas Island

 

“Immigration Minister Philip Ruddock has barely unpacked from his return trip to China, which he hailed as a screaming success in plugging the hole and stop the stream of boat people arriving front China, to be greeted by a boat carrying 60 Chinese illegals at Christmas Island,” Shadow Justice and Customs Minister, Duncan Kerr, said today.

 

But this is no laughing matter. No amount of denial or rhetoric from Ministers Ruddock and Vanstone will convince the community that our coastal security is being managed adequately.

 

“The Opposition again renews its call on the Government to bite the bullet on coastal surveillance and examine establishing a single integrated, well resourced and effective coastguard to take charge of maritime security and law enforcement.

 

“The message of Australia being a soft target must play a role in the recent influx of large numbers of illegals from China and the Middle-East. An effective coastguard better able to detect and apprehend boats early will help turn this message around,” Mr Kerr said.

 

 

 

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