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A second boat has arrived in remote WA this year carrying suspected asylum seekers, which has set off a political brawl.
WA boat arrival

A boat arrived in a remote part of WA’s Kimberley region on Friday, triggering a police search for a man who was part of the group.

He was later found at an air base on the northern tip of WA.

It’s the second such arrival in remote WA this year.

Now, the Federal Government is under pressure to explain how the boats were able to make it to Australian shores without being intercepted by border authorities.

Operation Sovereign Borders

The Federal Government rolled out ‘Operation Sovereign Borders’ in 2013 to intercept boats illegally trying to cross Australia’s borders.

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has the power to turn boats back if they suspect people are trying to enter the country without a visa.

The plan was designed to curb the operations of people smugglers, who are paid to illegally transport people between countries.

Seeking asylum is legal under international law.

WA arrival

Last Friday, WA police confirmed a group of people arrived by boat in the Mitchell Plateau area in the state’s far north, known for its rugged landscape and hot conditions.

A man became separated from the group, prompting a wide search.

He was found two days later near the Mungalalu-Truscott Airbase, where he received medical treatment.

Other arrival

Last week’s arrival comes after more than 20 people arrived by boat in WA’s Kimberley region last month.

They came to shore in Beagle Bay, a small town with a population of about 300.

The ABF conducted an investigation in the area.

Government response

When asked about the boat arrival on Sunday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese insisted Australia’s border policy has not changed.

“We have a very large coastline. What is clear though is that people who are unauthorised arrivals won’t be settled in Australia.

“Operation Sovereign Borders principles will apply… in this case”.

Opposition

When asked about the boat arrival on Sunday, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese insisted Australia’s border policy has not changed.

“We have a very large coastline. What is clear though is that people who are unauthorised arrivals won’t be settled in Australia.

“Operation Sovereign Borders principles will apply… in this case”.

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