Floodgates opened by Gillard’s inaction
A TENTH asylum-seeker vessel in a week has arrived in Australian waters, as people-smuggling looms as a major issue in Julia Gillard’s talks today with Indonesia.
Amid the ongoing political impasse over border protection, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said authorities had intercepted a sixth asylum-seeker boat in 72 hours, this one carrying around 39 people.
The small ramshackle fishing vessel carrying mainly males, believed to be Sri Lankans, was later moored not far from shore at Christmas Island’s port, with around five navy officers on board.
The men aboard waved and smiled to The Australian Online as they waited to be taken ashore to one of the overflowing detention facilities on the island.
Ten boats in a week. Six boats in three days. Good lord.
Gillard has utterly, utterly failed.