Australia says it turned back a boat from Sri Lanka

QUESTION TIMEAustralian Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has admitted that Australian border protection authorities recently turned an asylum seeker boat back to Sri Lanka.

Dutton gave few details beyond saying this occurred in the last couple of weeks, AAP reported.

“We determined that those people aren’t refugees and then they go back to their country of origin. We have a good relationship with Sri Lanka as we do with Indonesia,” he told Brisbane radio 4BC.

Dutton said just because boat arrivals weren’t making the news each night didn’t mean the threat had gone away.

“We are dealing with possible ventures regularly,” he said.

Dutton said there were 14,000 people waiting in Indonesia to get on boats to Australia if people smugglers saw any relaxation in the current tough policy.

“There are many millions more potentially who would want to get into Europe but can’t, and would be happy to make their way up through Malaysia into Indonesia onto boats to come to our country,” he said.

Dutton said 1200 people drowned under Labor and people would drown again if people smugglers started risking lives on leaky boats. (Colombo Gazette)

2 COMMENTS

  1. It doesn’t matter whether they are LTTE or government defense forces. They were victims of poor leadership. Tamil and Sinhalese leaders’ useless policies created decades long disaster in Sri Lanka. Look at what has been happening in the Middle East, people are dying and become refugees, because of poor leadership. Smart people will have a better life, and fools continue become victims. This is the reality, no matter whether you are belong to the 1st century or 21st century.

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