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Boat 110 sets new record of failure

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Michael Keenan, MP 

Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection  Member for Stirling, WA 

Boat 110 sets new record of failure 25/10/10

The arrival of the 110th boat in 2010 has set a new record for the number of people to arrive illegally by boat in Australia according to 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.

“A total of 5,523 people have arrived illegally by boat in Australia so far this year. This is the highest level of failure by an Australian Government in a calender year on record, surpassing 5516 in 2001, the year of the Tampa, when 43 boats arrived,” Mr Morrison said.

“Labor already holds the record for the most number of boats and people in a month and in a financial year. They can now add calendar year to their litany of failures, and have more than two months to add to their woeful tally.

“To paraphrase Julia Gillard, you could say: another Labor boat arrival record, another record Labor policy failure.

“When it comes to failure on border protection and immigration, this Labor has no peer.

“Labor must be held accountable for their historic level of failure, following their decision to dismantle the strong border protection regime they inherited from the Coalition Government, less than three years ago.

“Unlike Labor in Australia, the Canadian Government, who has experienced a fraction of Labor's boat arrivals, have taken action and announced the introduction of temporary visas, to take the lure of permanent residency out of the hands of people smugglers. By contrast the Australian Government's only response has been to open more detention facilities and peddle their unravelling East Timor regional processing centre.

“When 5516 people turned up on 2001, the Coalition took real and decisive action. In 2002 the number of illegal boats and people arriving fell to zero.

Mr Keenan said: “Just months into the job and Prime Minister Julia Gillard has already set a new gold standard on failing to protect our borders.

“At this rate the new facilities, including the one at Northam, will run out of space before they’ve even opened.

“This Government needs to take real action to stop the boats; otherwise the current rate of arrivals will continue to overwhelm our detention facilities,” he said.