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Australian authorities have intercepted a suspected asylum seeker boat near Broome, a week after another boat managed to reach Western Australia's Geraldton port.

HMAS Ararat, with the help of the WA police vessel Delphinus, found the boat with 72 people on board on Sunday.

Some have been taken to Broome for medical treatment, Customs and Border Protection said on Monday.

The remainder will be transferred to Christmas Island for health and security checks.
Last week, a boat with 66 Sri Lankan asylum seekers managed to reach WA's Geraldton port after spending weeks travelling more than 5000km.

Another boat arrived near Darwin last week, with 75 people on board.

Under existing legislation, asylum seekers who reach the mainland can avoid being sent to processing centres on Nauru or Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Labor wants to change this and the legislation is currently before the Senate.

If it succeeds, mainland Australia will join the Ashmore Islands, Cartier Island, Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in being designated out of the migration zone.

Asylum seekers who land outside the zone cannot make visa applications and must be processed offshore.  ( WA Today)
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  • Matalan Monday, 15 April 2013 08:24 AM

    With all the prosperity and massive development programs and on fast track to 'Wonderland' status, wonder why they all want to leave @ 2 or 3 boat loads a week!

    dave Wednesday, 17 April 2013 10:47 AM

    Yooo certain comments are here supporting boat people,and you reload the page and up date 30 times your own comments.....if people are abused here ,why not going to India ,they are paying 5000$ to people smugglers...and LTTE gangsters recover the money after they reach Australia by making them work day and night....the whole world knows the truth.

    sumith Monday, 15 April 2013 12:15 PM

    There can be only 2 reasons why people leave like this..either they are racially abused or are struggling economically...while the first family celebrates avurudu in style, the people of this country are struggling..WE ARE A FAILED STATE ...people leaving by the boat load is the best indication..doesnt matter if new roads are built, airports are built that no one uses or harbbours are built that no one uses..the people are struggling.


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