It has now been 64 days since there has been a successful people smuggling venture to Australia.
This is the longest period without a successful venture since before August 2008 when Labor started the boats.
This is a significant milestone. It demonstrates that the boats are stopping and the Coalition Government is delivering the safe, secure Australia that we promised the Australian people.
Operation Sovereign Borders is working and the people smugglers are getting the message that Australia is under new management.
The policy changes we took to the election are being implemented and it is clear that demonstrable progress against the people smugglers is being made.
This progress is in contrast to the deterioration that occurred under Labor.
On average, a boat arrived every day during the last year of Labor. At its peak last July, Australia witnessed over 4,200 illegal arrivals in a single month.
Under Labor’s failed policies, there were over 50,000 illegal arrivals, over 1,000 drownings at sea and $11 billion in Budget blowouts.
The Coalition Government will never let Australia go back to the failed policies of the past.
The Government’s strong resolve on our borders remains. The Coalition Government will not take a backward step in the fight against people smugglers.
Minister for Immigration and Border Protection
Authorised by Brian Loughnane, Cnr Blackall and Macquarie Streets, Barton ACT 2604.
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