106 days since last successful people smuggling venture

2014-04-07 02:21:29 | Al Muslim News
106 days since last successful people smuggling venture


The latest update from Operation Sovereign Borders reveals another week has passed without a successful people smuggling venture reaching Australia, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison said. A total of 106 days, or more than 15 weeks, have now passed since the last successful people smuggling venture made it to Australia back on 19 December 2013. Operation Sovereign Borders, under Lt-Gen Campbell's leadership, is continuing to work as intended to stop the boats, save lives at sea and restore integrity to our refugee and humanitarian programme. The government is now moving into a third phase of Operation Sovereign Borders – following the initial establishment phase and the 100 day period without a successful venture to Australia. This phase will ensure that the intensity of all operations in all areas of Operation Sovereign Borders is maintained, across offshore processing, operations at sea and through disruption and partnership operations all the way up through our region, all the way back to source countries. Anyone who seeks to come illegally to Australia or run a venture in the next hundred days will find the same set of policies that stopped all those coming over the last hundred days. The government will also continue to engage with the region in continuing to pursue regional partnerships and arrangements. This week also saw the first Joint Ministerial Forum to oversee implementation of the Regional Resettlement Arrangement. The Forum reiterated that all persons transferred to Papua New Guinea under the RRA who are found to be refugees will be resettled in PNG and no-one found not to be a refugee will be transferred to Australia..

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