The second illegal boat intercepted in Australian waters in just 24 hours shows strong policy is needed to stop people smugglers, the coalition says. Shadow minister for immigration Scott Morrison and shadow minister for border protection Michael Keenan said the latest boat arrivals brought the number of illegal vessels to 88 this year.

“The arrival of two boats in one day is another reminder that Australia needs a strong and stable government that can address the challenges we face to restore the integrity of our borders and immigration programme,” the MPs said in a statement on Sunday.

“Boats continue to arrive illegally in Australian waters at unprecedented rates. “The people smuggling trade must be combated by the implementation of a raft of tough measures.”

Mr Morrison and Mr Keenan said the coalition had presented a clear plan at this election to address the arrival of illegal boats to Australia. “(We) stand ready to implement this plan if given the opportunity during this next term of parliament.”

The latest interception comes a day after a boat carrying 23 passengers and two crew was intercepted late on Saturday near Ashmore Island.