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Border Protection Command intercepts vessel [HMAS Maitland]



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THE HON. JASON CLARE MP MINISTER FOR HOME AFFAIRS MINISTER FOR JUSTICE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MATERIEL

MEDIA RELEASE

Border Protection Command intercepts vessel

Monday, 2 July 2012

HMAS Maitland, operating under the control of Border Protection Command, intercepted a suspected irregular entry vessel west of Christmas Island last night.

Initial indications suggest there are 39 people on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial security, health and identity checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

Media Adviser: Annie Williams - 0428040522