/ 08 April 2024

Breaching our borders


PM Anthony Albanese says he’s sent a “very clear message” that unlawful boat arrivals won’t be allowed to stay in Oz, following reports that 15 suspected Chinese nationals landed in Western Oz’s Kimberley region on Friday. The group were found at the remote Mungalalu Truscott airbase, but one man escaped, leading to a huge search by authorities until he was found yesterday. It’s the third recent boat arrival after a vessel carrying 39 Pakistani and Bangladeshi people landed north of Broome in February, and another group of 12 reached the same Western Oz airbase last November. Reports say the latest group have already been flown to offshore detention in Nauru. Coalition spokesperson Simon Birmingham says the boat arriving without detection is a “big indictment on the Albanese Government”. But Albanese says “no changes” are needed to Operation Sovereign Borders.

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