July 23, 2012
AUTHORITIES have intercepted a second asylum seeker boats carrying about 160 people combined.
HMAS Broome intercepted a vessel carrying 123 people on Monday morning, Customs said in a statement.
Authorities later intercepted another carrying 36 people at the Cocos Islands.
The passengers of both boats will be transferred to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks.
More than 1200 people have arrived on boats so far this month. Labor budgeted for just 450 arrivals a month.