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Andrew Bolt on the second-biggest boat arrival for the year:
Another day, anotherÂ boat. This one boat is costing us a whopping $13,790,000, conservatively. 197 on board.
I know some Labor Ministers know perfectly well the boats can and should be turned back:
“The Coalition has delved into this very deeply with some very experienced people in our defence forces,” opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison told The Australian.
Former navy chief Chris Ritchie, retired major general Jim Molan and a recent defence attache in Jakarta, Gary Hogan, have all made the case that while turning back boats would be difficult and had risks, it had been done before and could be done again. They have argued it would send a strong message to the region.
Mr Morrison would neither reveal if the Coalition’s military advisers were serving or past members of the Australian Defence Force nor release details of the plan.
Another boat has sunk, north of Christmas Island. Reader J reports some 100 people are believed to be involved and there are bodies in the water. The Home Affairs Minister, Jason Clare, will give a press conference soon.
Clare says 88 rescued, one baby dead, eight missing. Man in Melbourne alerted them to vessel sinking, and gave them coordinates – 108 nautical miles north of Christmas Island.