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Labor puts out welcome mat for 40th boat arrival.



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Fri, 9th October 2009

LABOR PUTS OUT WELCOME MAT FOR 40TH BOAT ARRIVAL

The Hon Sussan Ley MP

Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs

“With 40th boat arrival since Labor weakening our border protection system in August 2008, all Home Affairs

Minister Brendan O’Connor can do is congratulate Border Protection Command’s (BPC) costly interception of

these unauthorised vessels,” Shadow Minister for Justice and Customs Sussan Ley said today.

“However another interception is simply not a successful border protection policy,” Ms Ley said.

The boat was intercepted today at 9.20am (AEST) by HMAS Bathurst, operating under the control of BPC,

approximately 18 nautical miles north Ashmore Island.

This latest arrival carrying 52 passengers and 3 crew members brings the number of unauthorised arrivals to

1928.

“This huge surge in people smuggling activity proves that the Rudd Government’s policy is encouraging people to

make the dangerous voyage to Australia,” Ms Ley said.

“Border Protection Command is already stretched beyond capacity and the Christmas Island detention centre is

almost full to the brim.

“Mr Kevin Rudd must immediately launch an independent inquiry into the relationship between his changes in

policy and the huge surge in people smuggling activity.

“The bottom line is that this Labor Government is not committed to protecting Australia’s borders,” Ms Ley said.