From the joint media statement of Morrison and Keenan.
Julia Gillard has eclipsed the previous record she shared with Kevin Rudd for the highest number of people arriving on illegal boats in a year, with the latest arrival of another 49 people, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Scott Morrison and Shadow Minister for Justice, Customs and Border Protection, Michael Keenan said today.
“In an unprecedented year of policy failure on our borders, 6,899 people have arrived on illegal boats just seven months into this year, compared with 6,889 who arrived under Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard as Prime Minister in 2010,” Mr Morrison said.
“When Julia Gillard knifed Kevin Rudd she claimed his government had lost its way and nominated border protection as his worst crime and yet over 15,000 people have now arrived on boats on her watch,” he said.
“Since Julia Gillard took office she has given us the East Timor farce, the failed and immoral Malaysian people swap, unwound the last bricks in the wall of the Howard Government's strong measures by giving boat arrivals bridging visas, works rights and access to endless appeals in the courts and all the while has refused to reinstate the Coalition’s proven policies to stop the boats.
“Only stubborn pride has stood in the way of the Prime Minister’s refusal to reinstate those policies and Australians are paying the price.
“Julia Gillard has the worst record in our history on border protection, which combined with her other failures makes her a strong candidate for our worst Prime Minister on record,” Mr Morrison said.
Mr Keenan said: “This latest boat arrival has made 2012 the biggest year for people arriving illegally by boat ever – and it is only July.
“We have another shameful record broken by this incompetent Labor Government who have now allowed over 1,600 people to cross our borders illegally this month alone.
“These unprecedented numbers have exposed the gaping holes that Labor have created in our border protection system and have made the job of our Border Protection Command all the more difficult.
“Until there is a change in Canberra and an end to the Labor-Greens governing alliance, the boats will keep coming and the records will keep breaking,” Mr Keenan said.
The trickle has now turned into a flood and it won’t stop until Gillard grows a spine or we have an election.