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Australian gov't to investigate asylum seeker boat arrival

Australian government will investigate how a boat full of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka managed to make it to the West Australian port of Geraldton without being detected by border patrol authorities, Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare said Wednesday.A boat carrying more than 60 asylum seekers has arrived in the port city of Geraldton in the Mid West region of Western Australia, local media reported Tuesday.Geraldton is the usual destination of asylum seekers heading for Australia, located 2,240 kilometers south of an offshore detention center for asylum seekers in Christmas I

Australia probes how asylum boat reached mainland

Australia ordered an investigation Wednesday into how an asylum-seeker boat managed to reach one of the country's busiest ports undetected and warned those on board may be flown back home. The rickety vessel carrying 66 Sri Lankans was spotted Tuesday within the harbour limits of Geraldton in Western Australia, 425 kilometres (260 miles) north of Perth. The state's Premier Colin Barnett called it "a serious, unprecedented and unacceptable breach of Australia's border security" -- the first such boat to reach the Australian mainland in five years.

Asylum-seeker boat reaches Australian mainland

A fishing boat packed with 66 asylum-seekers evaded detection in a "shocking" breach of border security to arrive at a busy port on the Australian mainland Tuesday, officials said. The vessel was spotted within the harbour limits of Geraldton in Western Australia, more than 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) south of Australia's Indian Ocean territory of Christmas Island where asylum-seekers are usually intercepted.
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