March 10, 2013
Two boats carrying 37 and 18 asylum-seekers respectively, have been intercepted in Australian waters in the past 48 hours.
Statements issued by the office of Home Affairs’ Minister said that “ACV Ocean Protector, operating under the control of Border Protection Command rendered assistance to the first vessel north-west of Tiwi Island yesterday morning”.
“HMAS Ballarat, operating under the control of Border Protection Command intercepted the second vessel north-west of Christmas Island”.
All passengers will be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo due security, identity and health checks.
Home Affairs’ Minister once again reiterated that people arriving by boat without a visa after 13 of August are at risk of transfer to regional processing centre.