Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Monday, June 29, 09
Here we go again:
AÂ BOAT carrying 194 people, the largest number in eight years, has been interceptedÂ by border protection 23 nautical miles north-west of Christmas Island…
Andrew BoltÂ â€“ Tuesday, June 30, 09Â
We may soon be back to where we were before John Howard got tough:
INDONESIAN authorities are bracing for a huge influx of boat people, anticipatingÂ as many as 10,000 asylum-seekers are waiting in MalaysiaÂ to transit through the archipelago and on to Australia.
This estimate was backed by a Malaysian group that deals with unauthorised immigrants. An Australian Government source warned of the potential for a similar influx to the thousands who began arriving in Australia from the late 1990s.
On board were mostly men, understood to be of Afghan or Iraqi descent, who are now being processed on Christmas Island in immigration detention…
It is the 16th boat to arrive in Australian waters this year â€” during which 867 people have been intercepted by border protection. Arrivals this year are up from the 161 asylum seekers who came by boat last year, but well down on the 5516 people who arrived in 2001.
Do the sums:
(N)ew figures reveal the cost of processing the latest influx of boatpeople is aboutÂ $38,000 an asylum seeker.