Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Labor sends election-day boat arrivals back to Sri Lanka as it slams Coalition mass text ‘disgrace’

A boatload of asylum seekers intercepted by Australian Border Force near Christmas Island on election day has now been returned to Sri Lanka.

The commander of Operation Sovereign Borders, Rear Admiral Justin Jones, said a thorough screening of each individual’s health and protection status was completed before the group was taken back.

“The direction to me, by the Acting Prime Minister, was clear — this government remains committed to Operation Sovereign Borders and to the protection of lives at sea,” he said in a statement.

Details about the vessel being intercepted were made public by Border Force on polling day and the Liberal Party used the information to try and win last-minute votes.

It sent text messages to Australians in marginal seats that read: “BREAKING: Australian Border Force has intercepted an illegal boat trying to reach Australia. Keep our borders secure by voting Liberal today.”

The text sent by the Liberal Party to voters on election day.,Nation World News: Supplied,

Voters ultimately did not back the Liberal party and the asylum seekers intercepted on Saturday have been returned, despite warnings from then-home affairs minister Karen Andrews that a Labor government would not be able to control Australia’s borders.

“Those ventures indicate, very clearly, what a risk a Labor government poses to our national security,” she said on Saturday.

“This is not scaremongering, this is a reality, and it has been demonstrated by the two attempts we are aware of.”

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