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Australian Immigration Minister Scott Morrison

Australian authorities have confirmed for the first time that they are turning boats carrying asylum-seekers back to Indonesia as part of Canberra’s military-led Operation Sovereign Borders crackdown on people-smuggling.

“What I have confirmed today is… that any vessel that seeks to illegally enter Australian waters will be intercepted and will be removed from our waters and our contiguous zone,” Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said on Friday.

Reports say that no boats carrying illegal immigrants have arrived in Australia since December 19, 2013.

However, Morrison declined to comment on whether confirmation of the policy, which has angered Indonesia, would increase tensions between the two neighbors.

“All I have simply said today is that Australia will respect our neighbor’s sovereignty, we will respect our sovereignty and that involves any vessel seeking to illegally enter Australia being intercepted and removed from our waters,” he said.

Ties between Jakarta and Canberra were damaged late last year over reports of Australia’s spying on its strategic neighbor. The relations further deteriorated after recent revelations that Australian navy strayed into Indonesian waters during asylum-seeker operations.

The development comes as asylum-seekers turned back to Indonesia by Australia’s navy alleged that they had been “mistreated” during the military operation, forgetting that they are first and foremost illegals with no rights and second even facing jail time for illegal border crossing.

Morrison said navy personnel carried “personal defensive devices” but dismissed any suggestion of mistreatment.

“They are used in accordance with their training and in accordance with strict guidelines, and any suggestion of mistreatment or misuse of force or misuse of any of these devices that are available to them is completely unsubstantiated, completely without basis and is rejected by the government,” he noted.


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  • Jason


    The world’s most corrupt and criminal govt, the US govt gangsters, are threatening to flood the alien with millions of 3rd world aliens (criminals, thugs, crooks, terrorists) again.

    Australia must shoot at sight these alien invaders.

    But the USA is the 3rd most populous nation on earth–after China and India, a fact no radio talk show or paper ever mentions. The first 2 DO NOT let people immigrate but instead export their people to reduce the population burden.

    The world’s biggest criminal gang, the US govt, is therefore the biggest criminal gang in the world to import more aliens–despite being the 3rd most populous nation on earth. We are running out of water, food, land, jobs, healthcare, federal money, etc. This is a 3rd world war on the 3rd most populous nation on earth.

    This is THE MOST IMPORTANT reason to ban immigration–3rd most populous nation on earth. Please call all radio talk shows, write to newspapers and congressmen and tell them this basic fact and tell them to BAN all immigration.

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