Two more boats in Australian waters

TWO boats carrying 128 asylum seekers have been detected in Australian waters.

One boat was detected by a RAAF surveillance plane north of Christmas Island, with initial indications suggesting there are 79 passengers and two crew members on board.

Another boat carrying 44 passengers and three crew members was detected east of Christmas Island early this morning.

It is the fourth boat to arrive since the government conceded it could not get its legislation aimed at reviving the Malaysia deal through the parliament.

Border Protection Command will now make arrangements for the passengers to be transferred to Christmas Island, where they will undergo initial checks and their reasons for travel will be established.

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Topics:  asylum seekers christmas island

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