Morrison admits 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back

Morrison admits 12 asylum seeker boats have been turned back

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed at least 12 asylum seeker boats have been stopped from entering Australian waters, since the government launched its controversial turnback policy.

The figures, released by News Corp this morning, show just one asylum seeker boat arrived in Australia between December 19, 2013 and May this year.

This compared to the 236 boats that arrived in the same time period the previous year, under the Labor government,

Mr Morrison has confirmed 12 boats have been turned around at sea, with four of the incidents involving the use of life boats.

He says a further 45 boats have been prevented trying to depart fro Australia, in a joint operation with the Malaysian, Indonesia and Sri Lankan governments.

The government has so far refused to comment on “operational matters” in relation to border protection.

But Mr Morrison says operational sensitivity surrounding boat turnbacks has now eased, and he can released some details.

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