As many as SIX boats packed with Muslim fake asylum seekers are reported be on their way to Australia from Sri Lanka, just days after 20 of them were intercepted at sea and sent back home, according to Department of Home Affairs sources.
Daily Mail (h/t Sara S) The department is investigating a possible new threat to Australia’s borders that up to six illegal smuggler boats from Sri Lanka could be on their way or have recently attempted journeys to our shores, radio station 2GB reported.
A senior department source told 2GB host Ben Fordham on Monday that Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton has travelled to Sri Lanka this week because ‘there could be up to six boats in play’.
‘I’ve been told some of these journeys have already been disrupted but it’s got Home Affairs worried that others are on the way,’ Mr Fordham told his listeners.
‘Is there a chance that the people smugglers were able to flog seats on boats… because they thought Labor was going to win the election?’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Department of Home Affairs for further comment. A boatload of 20 asylum seekers, including a baby were returned to Sri Lanka last week after their vessel was intercepted by Australian authorities, which Mr Dutton later described as disturbing.
Operation Sovereign Borders officers spotted the boat heading towards Australia’s north-west coast during aerial patrols of the Indian Ocean a week earlier.
An Australian navy vessel transported the group to the recently reopened Christmas Island detention centre, where they were held for several days before being sent home on a government charter jet last Wednesday.
Since the establishment of Operation Sovereign Borders in September 2013, Australia has now returned to Sri Lanka 186 people from 10 people smuggling boats.’
The boatload were the first asylum seekers in five years to arrive by sea to Christmas Island, 1,500 kilometres north west of Australia’s mainland, where they underwent health and security checks.
It’s understood they left Sri Lanka in early May, just weeks after the devastating Easter terror attacks on churches and hotels by Muslims that killed more than 250 people across the country.
Operation Sovereign Borders is a border protection operation set by the Coalition Government in 2013 led by the Australian Defence Force aimed at stopping asylum seekers from reaching Australia’s shores.
More than 50,000 asylum-seekers made it to Australia by boat under the previous Labor government, while an estimated 1,200 drowned at sea. Christmas Island detention centre was reopened earlier this year to guard against a feared influx of illegal asylum-seeker boats.
‘My job now is to ensure that the boats don’t come,’ Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at the time. ‘My job now is to do everything within my power, and in the power of the government, to ensure that what the parliament has done to weaken our borders does not result in boats coming to Australia.’