There are good reasons Australia’s cities are ranked among the most liveable cities in the world. Those same reasons make Australia a tremendously attractive location for people smugglers to spruik to their desperate human cargos.
But thanks to the government’s tough border policies, those people smugglers are finding Australia is closed to their business. And ever more smugglers are finding themselves behind bars.
The government has lifted the veil of secrecy surrounding Operation Sovereign Borders, revealing it has stopped attempts to smuggle in 2,500 people.
Since 2013, more than 600 people smugglers have been arrested across six countries, with 480 picked up in Sri Lanka, The Courier-Mail reported on Tuesday.
Indonesia was the biggest source country for asylum seekers.
Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said while the government had stopped the boats, people smugglers remained.
‘OSB works because it is strong and consistent. Any weakening in any part of the policy would restart the boats,’ Mr Dutton told The Courier.
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The Australian Tribune with AAP