12 February, 2015
THE HON PETER DUTTON MP
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Two Hundred Days Without An Illegal Boat Arrival
Today marks 200 days without an illegal boat arrival in Australia.
The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton said the Coalition Government’s strong border policies had returned integrity to Australia’s borders and immigration programme.
“Operation Sovereign Borders has cut off the people smugglers’ ventures; since this Government started turning back the boats there has been only one illegal boat arrival – in July last year,” Mr Dutton said.
“One boat in a year compared to 302 boats carrying 20,000 people in 2013 - that was Labor’s legacy.
“Labor failed on our borders – massively - like no other government in Australia’s history. Their failed policies caused unprecedented cost, chaos and tragedy.
“There were just four illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) in detention in 2007 when the Howard Government was replaced by Rudd Labor.
“Labor’s opening of the floodgates under Kevin Rudd saw more than 50,000 illegal arrivals in more than 800 boats with nearly 1200 people lost at sea. There were over 8000 children among the IMAs.
“The annual cost to taxpayers for managing IMAs blew out from $85 million in 2007-08 to $3 billion in 2013-14.
“The success of Operation Sovereign Borders has meant we’ve stopped the loss of life at sea, we’ve moved most children out of detention and we’ve closed 10 detention centres providing significant savings for taxpayers,” Mr Dutton said.
The January OSB update released today shows that the first month of the year has been and gone without a successful people smuggling venture and reveals that our strong relationships across the region has seen concerted action against people smugglers.
The monthly update can be found at: http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/
Further information: Contact the Minister’s office – 02 6277 7860