November 17, 2013
General Campbell says three asylum seeker boats arrived in Australia in the past week, carrying a total of 163 asylum seekers and eight crew.
Two boats arrived at Christmas Island, one on Sunday and one on Monday.
General Campbell also confirmed a boat arrived in Darwin on Monday.
Mr Morrison refused to answer questions in Parliament this week about the boat that arrived in Darwin, saying he did not want to “undermine” the operation.
General Campbell says 97 people were transferred offshore in the past week, 67 to Manus Island and 30 to Nauru.
He says 31 people voluntarily returned to Iran and Iraq during the period.
General Campbell says Indonesia, supported by Australian authorities, arrested three “facilitators” and disrupted two “potential ventures,” in the past week.
He says Malaysia, supported in a similar fashion by Australia, disrupted two “additional potential ventures”.