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'Very satisfied' Australia marks six months with no boatpeople

Published on Jun 19, 2014 11:57 AM
 

SYDNEY (AFP) - Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Thursday he was "very satisfied" as Australia marked six months since the last asylum-seeker boat arrival, but warned it was not yet "mission accomplished".

Abbott's conservative government came into power in September vowing to stop the flood of asylum-seekers arriving on rickety boats from its South-east Asian neighbours, with hundreds of people dying en route.

Under its offshore detention policy, asylum-seeker vessels are now controversially turned back to Indonesia and would-be refugees sent to Papua New Guinea and Nauru in the Pacific for processing and resettlement.

"I'm not declaring victory. There is no hint of mission accomplished about today," Mr Abbott said in praising Immigration Minister Scott Morrison for "a really outstanding job".

 
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