The Australian Government continues its close cooperation with the Sri Lankan Government to disrupt people smuggling ventures departing Sri Lanka, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Scott Morrison said.
On 26 November 2014 a people smuggling venture carrying 38 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to travel illegally by boat to Australia was successfully disrupted.
“There are only two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia,” Morrison said in a statement.
“They will be intercepted and either turned back, or sent to another country, either Papua New Guinea or Nauru, for processing and resettlement in that country. Resettlement in Australia is not an option.
“The rules apply to everyone. There are no exceptions.
“This is the Australian Government’s policy and it will not change.”
Australia will continue to work with its regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures and protect its borders.
People should not believe the lies of people smugglers and seek to come to Australia illegally by boat. The way to Australia remains closed, the statement added.