The interception of a boat off Western Australia has sparked renewed criticism from the federal opposition.
Australian Customs and Border Protection stopped the boat carrying 37 passengers east of Scott Reef on Friday afternoon.
“Initial indications suggest there are 37 passengers and one crew member on board,” Border Protection said in a statement.
Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said it marked the 15th boat in 15 days.
“The arrival of 15 boats in 15 days brings Labor’s running total of arrivals on illegal boats to more than 19,000 since they abolished the proven policies of the coalition,” he said in a statement.
But in previous statements, Immigration Minister Chris Bowen has levelled the responsibility of more boat arrivals at Opposition Leader Tony Abbott.“The consequence of Tony Abbott’s refusal to support the government’s offshore processing legislation - including an offer to re-establish a centre on Nauru - is more boat arrivals,” he said earlier this month.
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