Federal Opposition Leader Tony Abbott today renewed his attack on the Federal Government’s border protection policy as another boat carrying asylum seekers arrived in Australian waters.
Mr Abbott and his deputy leader Julie Bishop have unveiled a mobile billboard in Perth which displays the number of boats which have arrived since the last federal election.
Mr Abbott revealed the massive billboard as news spread of another boat being intercepted on Tuesday night. The Navy intercepted the boat carrying 46 asylum seekers and two crew off the West Australian coast. They will be taken to Christmas Island for health, identity and security checks.
Mr Abbott says the Federal Government has lost control of the country’s borders. “When I left my hotel this morning we had had 111 unauthorised boats. By the time I got here half an hour later we had confirmation of a 112th boat,” he said.