Scott Morrison confirms vessel from Sri Lanka intercepted while en route to Australia


Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed a boat from Sri Lanka was intercepted on Saturday morning while illegally en route to Australia.

In a major development, Mr Morrison confirmed — in the spirit of “full transparency”— that the boat had been intercepted by Australian authorities.

“I can confirm that there’s been an interception of a vessel en route to Australia,” Mr Morrison told reporters, after casting his vote in his local electorate of Cook, the Herald Sun reported.

“That vessel has been intercepted in accordance with the policies of the government and they’re following those normal protocols.

“And I can simply say this.

“I’ve been here to stop this boat, but in order for me to be there to stop those that may come from here, you need to vote Liberal and Nationals today.

“In the interests of full transparency, in the middle of an election campaign, the Labor Party was advised of this and a statement has been issued by the border protection authorities.”

It was a different tact to when Mr Morrison was Immigration Minister and proclaimed there would be no discussion of “on water matters” when Australia began turning back asylum seeker vessels at sea in November 2013.

It is understood about 15 people were on board the vessel that was intercepted by Australian authorities off the west coast of Christmas Island after almost making it to land   #Tamil   #News   #Tamil News   #Tamil Daily News   #Website   #Tamil News Paper   #Tamil Nadu Newspaper  #Online   #Breaking   News Headlines    #Latest Tamil News   #India News    #World News   #Tamil Film   #Jaffna   #Kilinochchi  #Mannar  #Mullathivu  #Batticola  #Kandy  #Srilanka  #Colombo

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