/ 19 February 2024

A boatload of border protection problems

Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.
Parliament House in Canberra, Australia.

Thirty-nine asylum seekers found in 2 groups on the remote Western Australian coast have been sent to Nauru for processing. The Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi nationals are believed to have arrived from Indonesia, and Australian Border Force officials are investigating how they made it to the Australian coast. Coalition leader Peter Dutton says the Albanese Government’s failed to maintain Operation Sovereign Borders – aka Australia’s national border security program. “If they had no prior warning of the arrival of this boat, then it shows the Prime Minister and the minister [Andrew Giles] have lost control of our borders,” Dutton said. But PM Anthony Albanese, who is taking his Cabinet to the West for meetings today and tomorrow, says he is “very confident” processes are in order.

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