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500 refugee boats
4BC Drive: This week, the five hundreth boat carrying people smugglers arrived on Aussie shores, totalling almost thirty thousand people since Labor came into power in 2007.
Shadow Minister for Immigration and Population Scott Morrision tells Gary Hardgrave that something has to be done.
LISTEN: Scott Emerson with Gary Hardgrave
Asylum Seeker Boat Arrival facts
Total number of arrivals since November 2007 - 29,054
Total number of boats since November 2007 - 500
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRIVALS SINCE POLLING DAY (21 August 2010) – 346 Boats – 21,705 people
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRIVALS SINCE GILLARD (24 June 2010) –360 Boats –22,502 people
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRIVALS SINCE MALAYSIA ANNOUNCEMENT (7 May 2011) – 276 Boats – 17,477 people (excl crew)
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRIVALS SINCE SIGNING OF MALAYSIA DEAL (25 July 2011) – 265 Boats – 17,055 people (excl crew)
Total number of arrivals since 31 August 2011 (High Court decision) 260 boats –16,866 people
Total number of arrivals since 13 October 2011 (Government abandons legislation) 255 boats – 16,462 people
Total number of arrivals since 25 November 2011 (Bridging visa announcement) – 241 boats – 15,505 people
Total number of arrivals since 24 March 2012 when single assessment system begins to apply – 212 boats and 13,142 people
Total number of arrivals since 14 August 2012 when Government agreed to re‐open Nauru (without restoring TPVs and turning boats back) –114 boats – 6,537 people
More Sri Lankans forced to return home
Another 30 Sri Lankan asylum seekers who arrived in Australia by boat have been sent home.
Immigration Minister Chris Bowen says the men were "involuntarily" returned to Colombo on a charter flight on Thursday.
It brings to 186 the number of Sri Lankan asylum seekers the government has sent home since it embraced its tough new immigration policies in mid-August.
Mr Bowen said the men raised no issues that engaged Australia's international obligations.
"Without a valid visa they had no legal right to remain in Australia and were removed at the earliest opportunity," Mr Bowen said in a statement on Thursday.
The government would continue to regularly transfer asylum seekers to Nauru and would shortly start sending people to Manus Island too, the minister said.
"And where appropriate, the government will certainly continue to return people where they do not engage Australia's international obligations," he said.
Mr Bowen's announcement came as a boat carrying 35 people was intercepted near the Cocos Islands.
Coalition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says it is the 500th boat to arrive since Labor was elected in 2007.
"Today is a dark day for Australia," Mr Morrison said in a statement.
"This milestone has come with great cost, chaos and tragedy. The only winners are the people smugglers."
More than 750 asylum seekers have arrived on 15 boats in just the past eight days.
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I have a question to ask. I am not against Australia helping any refugees. But why should Australia take in so many refugees from Asia? I find Asian obsession with get rich scheme and money culture disturbingly harmful to our western freedom and Western quality of life, not to mention the insecurity caused to the disadvantaged people.wlil Saturday 1 December, 2012 - 12:20 AM
I am fed up as well. I have at least five Sudanese men living near me and they don't work. At home all the time. My sister gets up at 4am to go to work all day, is losing her job due to Campbells closing down of QFleet and pays taxes to support these people. And let's not forget the asylum seekers. The topic on family days, in which I am one of ten siblings, is "I am paying for these asylum seekers and sick of it".
Look after our homeless, and each time a new boat arrives, another Australian family is going to wait longer for a home or shelter. I live off $110 per week and I would love to have some extra money to but food etc. 10 years for me to see a specialist for my painful veins on my legs and the list goes on. Listen to the people.Barbara Monday 12 November, 2012 - 1:22 PM
I agree with Disgusted Citizen. I agree that Australian resources should be spend on elderly Australians who have developed and built Australia to what it is. Those adult men and adult women from Asia or Near East or Middle East who already have children should not push their men or wife or children to the West. It is not the responsibility of the West to take care of their asian or eastern ocommunity that come only in droves to selfishly enrich their own community that have nothing in common with Western culture. While Australian give a fair go to everyone regardless of skin colour, Australia have to take care of its own first, like those other selfish asian community who hate Australian Western culture but disgustingly denied other Australians the Wealth(that include freedom) of Australia who was built by white Australia.WLIL Monday 12 November, 2012 - 12:12 PM
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Don't worry when the money runs out they won't want to come here!!
Looking the way the world is these so called Boat people are achieving what they set out to do..Take Over !!
Read the news all over the world where ever they reside there is fighting..they cannot live peacefully it is not in the Koran....Most of these invaders are muslim so please explain why we should'nt feel that they are trying to take over? Forget the do gooders they won't be there for you if you can't afford the basic requirements to live or there to pay your power bill.
BUT they will be there for the invaders because they get all warm & fuzzy over saving them from a terrible fate that they want to bring here with them anyway ???
My Say !!Jackie Monday 12 November, 2012 - 10:30 AM