Boats stretch Australian defence

14 days into the month of June and already 14 boats carrying asylum seekers have entered Australian territories.

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14 days into the month of June and already 14 boats carrying asylum seekers have entered Australian territories.

The task of border defence has been made increasingly difficult with boats taking on new alternative routes seemingly synchronising their time of launch. Over the past two days boats have been intercepted at Ashmore Islands, Coco Island and Christmas Island with 3000kms separating these three islands.

In 2009 a reported 2700 asylum seekers arrived by boat. The number to date for 2012 is already well over 4000 with 854 of these coming in the first 14 days of June.

As a party to the Refugee Convention, Australia has obligations to protect the human rights of all asylum seekers and refugees who arrive in Australia, regardless of how or where they arrive and whether they arrive with or without a visa.

With the sharp increase in the number of asylum seekers entering Australian waters by sea, is it in Australia’s best interests to implement a similar deterrent to the Pacific Solution or do we owe it to these asylum seekers to give them due process and a chance at a better life?

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    Pass the Ductape
    17th Jun 2012
    4:34pm
    If Australia's defence is being compromised by the many boats heading for us then we need to take the initiative as we would normally do in defending this country - fire upon a couple to sink them and the rest will think twice about coming!

    Despite the outcry from the rest of the world - why worry - they're getting away with much more in Syria as the rest of the world stands by, confounded by its own impotency.


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