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Third boat in three days as Bowen meets concerns with arrogance



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Scott Morrison, MP 

Shadow Minister for Productivity and Population  Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship  Member for Cook   

Third boat in three days as Bowen meets concerns with arrogance

23/10/10

The arrival of the third illegal boat in three days, carrying another 27 people, comes as Minister Bowen continues to arrogantly dismiss the concerns of residents worried about the impact on their community of Labor’s failed border protection policies, Shadow Minister for Productivity and Population & Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“This month alone 615 people have arrived on 12 illegal boats, double the number of boats and almost double the number of people that arrived last month. The rate of arrivals is quickening and the government is just 57 people away from the all time record for arrivals in a single year,” Mr Morrison said.

“The Gillard government must face up to this crisis of its own making and this means listening to the legitimate concerns of people who are being affected by its failed border policies.

“Rather than face up to these concerns, Labor describes these as hysterical. This is an insult to the fair mindedness of Australians and shows Labor’s pre election rhetoric on hearing concerns of the electorate on these issues was all spin.

“Now that the election is over we all know what Labor thinks of people who are concerned about Labor’s border protection failures. The residents of Woodside know it even more clearly after the government’s arrogant treatment of them over the Inverbrackie facility.

“Chris Bowen needs to get on a plane, go to Woodside and listen to the concerns of residents rather than issue edicts from Canberra and send officials to face the music,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “Another three boats in three days is proof this government’s current policies aren’t working.

“Prime Minister Gillard’s beds over borders policy has proved to be an incentive rather than a deterrent to the people smugglers.

“More onshore detention facilities are not the solution - the current rate of arrivals is proof of that,” he said.