February 03, 2014
Second asylum seeker taken to Christmas Island as a result of maritime interception activities, Scott Morrison says.
The minister told 2GB radio on Monday that there were now two people who had been transferred for medical reasons.
“We’ve had two persons transferred in the last couple of days for medical reasons but no boat has got here,” he said.
The comments indicate another boat operation has occurred since the Operation Sovereign Borders release last Friday, which detailed that one asylum seeker had been transferred to Christmas Island due to a heart condition.
“As a result of our maritime operations during this latest reporting period, one person was later today transferred to Christmas Island, who was subject to a current operation, for urgent medical treatment in relation to a heart condition,” the earlier statement said.
“The arrival of the person for medical treatment took place at approximately 2.30pm AEDT this afternoon.
“I was briefed on this matter after the conclusion of today’s Senate hearing and was advised that this person was transferred at the earliest possible opportunity.”
The minister’s office and customs and border protection have not responded to questions about the nature of the second asylum seeker’s problem.
Concerns continue to be raised about the Coalition’s approach to turning back boats. On Saturday News Ltd published photographs of one of the lifeboats used to send asylum seekers back to Indonesia. The report said three asylum seekers who had been sent back on the boat later died while crossing a river in the Indonesian jungle.