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21 boats and over 1,000 people since election & still no answers from Labor



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Scott Morrison, MP 

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

21 boats and over 1,000 people since election & still no answers from Labor 21/10/10

The latest illegal boat arrival, carrying 90 people, means more than 1,000 people have arrived on illegal boats since the election, adding to Australia’s immigration detention crisis that the Gillard government refuses to address decisively, 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.

“Since the election 21 boats have illegally arrived, carrying more than 1000 people. All the Gillard government can do is open more beds but as every new boat arrival shows, opening more beds doesn’t stop more boats,” Mr Morrison said.

“Julia Gillard’s never never East Timor solution continues to unravel in farce with revelations in Senate estimates that after three months there is still no proposal for the centre. Senior Indonesian officials have also described the idea as an asylum magnet and the Prime Minister cannot even define the regional boundary that determines who will be eligible to be processed at the regional centre,” he said.

“As soon as the election was over Julia Gillard and Minister Bowen opened over 3,000 detention beds, despite misleading the Australian people during the campaign that there were no plans for further expansion of our onshore detention network.

“If the Coalition were in government Nauru would be open and offshore processing would be a reality. Instead Labor are still only talking about their never never plans. While Labor keeps talking, the boats keep coming.

“Labor has tapped the mat on border protection and as long as they persist with their never never policies and opening more beds the people smugglers boom will continue,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “The wider this Government opens Australia’s doors, the faster the boats will come.

“Monday’s announcement of two new detention facilities signalled to the people smugglers that our doors are wide open.

“And now they are coming.

“We need to stop the boats from coming, not provide more beds, and more incentive for the people smugglers to continue their trade,” he said.