September 13, 2013
ANOTHER boat carrying asylum-seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters, the third since last Saturday’s election.
HMAS Armidale stopped the latest boat, carrying 158 people, north-west of Christmas Island on Thursday night.
The people were transferred to Christmas Island to undergo initial checks, and are likely to be sent to Papua New Guinea at a later date.
A boat carrying 57 people, including two journalists, was intercepted on Sunday night, while another was stopped on Wednesday with 74 people on board.
It was revealed the journalists, from America and the Netherlands, found on board the first boat were on assignment for The New York Times to investigate the stories of refugees.
The journalists are based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Stopping the flow of asylum seeker-boats was a key plank of Prime Minister-elect Tony Abbott’s election campaign.
Mr Abbott promised before and during the election campaign that a Coalition government would “make a difference from day one”.
The Coalition’s asylum-seeker policy, including turning boats around, is expected to be discussed when Mr Abbott and Foreign Minister-elect Julie Bishop meet with Indonesian officials in the coming weeks.