Two asylum seeker boats arrive in Australian waters

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August 25, 2013

HMAS Parramatta, operating under the coordination of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-east of Christmas Island this afternoon.

Initial reports indicate there are 63 passengers and two crew on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

August 26, 2013

HMAS Parramatta, operating in support of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority’s Rescue Coordination Centre, rendered assistance to a suspected irregular entry vessel north-north-west of Christmas Island today.

Initial reporting suggests there are 71 passengers and two crew on board.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the people to be transferred to Australian Government authorities on Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks, including health checks.

Consistent with government policy, people arriving by boat without a visa after 19 July 2013 will be subject to the regional agreements with Papua New Guinea and Nauru and won’t be settled in Australia.

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