Media Release

Over 1,000 people in just 11 days under Labor’s half hearted policies

Labor’s half hearted policies on our borders have created a massive stimulus for people smugglers who have so far sent over 1,000 people to Australia on illegal boats in just 11 days this month including the 140 arrivals on the latest boats to arrive, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.

“Arrivals this year continue at unprecedented levels in response to Labor’s half hearted measures and failure of resolve on our borders, with November on track to be another record month,” Mr Morrison said.

“People smugglers have ignored Labor’s half hearted threats and half hearted policies and instead are sending two illegal boats to Australia every day. Christmas Island is full and detention centres across the country are once again filling to bursting point.

“Arrivals this year have already eclipsed those in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 combined and arrivals this financial year are rapidly approaching 10,000.

“Labor’s half hearted policies and lack of resolve on our borders, typified by their go slow on Nauru and Manus Island and failure to embrace the full suite of Howard Government measures, are even more dangerous given the impending monsoon season.

“Only an election will allow the Australian people the opportunity to stop the boats and end the cost, chaos and tragedy that is the great stain of Labor’s five years in office,” Mr Morrison said.

Mr Keenan said: “Over 1000 people have arrived by boat in the first 11 days of November – a clear sign that we are headed for yet another consecutive record breaking month of arrivals.

“On average each asylum vessel costs the Australian tax payer $12 million – given we have had 19 boats in the first 11 days of November that comes at a cost of $228 million.

“This litany of failure has come at an enormous cost to the Australian tax payer, to the safety of the people who are smuggled down here and to the integrity of our immigration system.

“All of the expense, all of the tragedy, all of the terrible things associated with this failure to protect our borders, never needed to have happened if the Government hadn’t unwound the tough border protection regime that they inherited from the Coalition,” Mr Keenan said.