10 Jan 2010

Action demanded over asylum seekers

2:04 pm on 10 January 2010

The federal opposition in Australia is calling on Prime Minister Kevin Rudd to act immediately on illegal immigration, as another boat of asylum seekers is processed at Christmas Island.

The ABC reports a Customs boat intercepted a boat with 27 people and three crew members off the West Australia coast on Friday afternoon.

Opposition's immigration spokesman Scott Morrison says an average of 100 people per week have been arriving in Australia illegally for the last six weeks.

He says Mr Rudd pledged before the last election to be tough on border security.

"Before the election, Mr Rudd actually said that he would turn back seaworthy boats and he took every opportunity to echo Mr Howard on the issue of illegal boatload arrivals into Australia," he said.

"Now in government, we've had 75 boats arrive on his watch. We see failed policies, weak decisions and an absolute mess."