Dec 17, 2014 (LBO) – The Australian Government to continue its tough border protection measures to manage illegal maritime arrivals and combat people smuggling, the high commission of Australia said at a media conference held Colombo. On 26 November 2014, Sri Lanka and Australia worked together to disrupt a people smuggling venture carrying 38 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to travel illegally by boat to Australia.
In July 2014, 41 Sri Lankan nationals were returned to Sri Lanka when their boat was intercepted by Australian authorities.
There are two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia, Mudie said.
They will be intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters or sent to another country for offshore processing.
Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option.
I am here to assure you that the Australian Government policy against maritime people smuggling is clear and has not changed, Robyn Mudie, High Commissioner to Australia said.
The government has taken a firm policy to stop people reaching Australia illegally by boat.
In 2013 the Australian government introduced its toughest boarder protection measures called Operation S