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13th boat since Tony Abbott rejected agreement that would stop the boats



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CHRIS BOWEN MP

MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND CITIZENSHIP

JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

2 April 2012

13TH BOAT SINCE TONY ABBOTT REJECTED AGREEMENT THAT WOULD STOP THE BOATS

The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, and Minister for Home Affairs, Jason Clare MP, said today’s boat arrival is further evidence of the consequences of the Coalition’s stubborn refusal to accept the Government’s offer to work together to prevent people from risking their lives at sea.

The latest boat, carrying 43 asylum seekers, was the 13th since Tony Abbott refused to work in the national interest to implement offshore processing.

“The Coalition can’t have it both ways,” Mr Bowen said.

“They want to deny the Government the ability to limit or stop boat arrivals and at the same time attack the Government for the number of boat arrivals.”

Mr Clare said it was time for Tony Abbott to put Australia’s interests ahead of his own political interests.

“It’s time for Tony Abbott to stop standing in the way of the Malaysian Agreement,” Mr Clare said.

“It’s time for Tony Abbott to stop saying no and pass our legislation to allow offshore processing in Malaysia and Nauru.”

Media Contacts: Bill Kyriakopoulos 0400 510 802 / Laura Stevens 0432 833 769 (Bowen) Korena Flanagan 0418 251 316 (Clare)