Australian Home Affairs Minister in Sri Lanka this week

Australian Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton will be in Sri Lanka this week, the Australian High Commission in Colombo said today.

The Minister will visit St Sebastian Church, Katuwapitiya, Negombo tomorrow (Monday) where two Australian – Sri Lankans were killed during Easter Sunday attack.

He will also have several meetings with the Government in Colombo related to people smuggling and counter security.

Just last week twenty potential illegal immigrants (PII) had been returned to Sri Lanka from a people smuggling venture targeting Australia.

Australia said it remains committed to protecting its borders, stamping out people smuggling and preventing people from risking their lives at sea.

Dutton had warned anyone considering illegal migration not to be fooled by the lies and false advertising of people smugglers.

“As this return shows, there has been no change to Australia’s tough border protection policies following the recent Federal Election,” Dutton said.

“Australia has no tolerance for people smuggling.”

Since the implementation of Operation Sovereign Borders in 2013, Australia has returned 847 people from 35 people smuggling ventures to their country of origin or departure.

Minister Dutton said the message for anyone thinking of taking an illegal boat journey to Australia was simple; “You have zero chance of success.” (Colombo Gazette)

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