October 14, 2012
Two asylum seeker boats with more than 150 people on board have been intercepted by authorities. Picture: Stephen Cooper Source: The Daily Telegraph
TWO suspected asylum seeker boats with more than 150 people on board have been intercepted by Australian authorities.
On Saturday, ACV Hervey Bay intercepted a vessel with 49 people northwest of Cocos (Keeling) Islands, while HMAS Bundaberg intercepted another boat with 104 passengers off Christmas Island.
Authorities will transfer the 153 passengers to Christmas Island for security, health and identity checks.
Greens immigration spokeswoman Sarah Hanson-Young said the latest arrivals showed the Nauru solution was not working.
“Locking people up on Nauru, being as mean and as cruel to them as possible, has not stopped the boats from coming,” the senator told reporters at a refugee rally in Sydney.
“This empty promise of the government’s that this inhumane policy would stop the boats has failed and it will continue to fail.”