23 Aug 2010

Another boat of asylum seekers intercepted by Australia

9:28 am on 23 August 2010

Another boat carrying asylum seekers has been intercepted in Australian waters.

The Australian government said on Sunday it was spotted north east of Scott Reef in the Timor Sea.

Twenty passengers and one crew member on board will be taken to Christmas Island for security checks.

The ABC reports it was the third boat to arrive in the past week.

A boat carrying 52 people arrived near Christmas Island last Tuesday night by HMAS Wollongong and the Navy intercepted another carrying 34 people on Thursday.

A total of seven boats arrived during the election campaign.

Opposition immigration spokesman Scott Morrison said there had not been as many boats arriving since 1999.