Labour said that boat people will never come to NZ. Even now David Shearer is insisting that NZ is too far for boat people. And yet some have turned up, albeit lost off Australia, but carrying placards nonetheless expressing their desire to come here.
A ramshackle fishing boat carrying 66 suspected asylum seekers from Sri Lanka has arrived in Australia – carrying passengers holding a sign saying “We want to go to New Zealand”.
The overcrowded wooden fishing vessel carrying men, women and children was spotted off the coast of Geraldton, about 400km north of Perth in Western Australia.
It is believed to be the first boat to have travelled so far south in recent years. Most asylum seekers arrive near Christmas Island, more than 2000km north, where they are usually intercepted. Read more »