Abbott stops the boats

It looks like Tony Abbott has stopped the boats, almost immediately.

CHRISTMAS Island’s top bureaucrat says he believes there has been a marked slowdown in asylum boat arrivals since the return of the Coalition government and last minute policy changes by Labor before it lost the election.

Jon Stanhope, the former longstanding Labor chief minister of the ACT, said he had “no doubt” the new policies were having an impact on people smuggler movements.

“Over this last three or four weeks it’s been very noticeable that the rate of arrivals has slowed,” Mr Stanhope told ABC radio. 

“In terms of the nature of the flows it does seem like the new policies are having an effect.”

Mr Stanhope also weighed into the Coalition’s new practice of not announcing each boat arrival, instead holding only once a week briefings.

The Christmas Island administrator said he would have to “reconsider his position” if there was a blanket ban put on he and other island residents speaking to the media when a boat arrives.

“I would find it remarkable that there would be a policy in place seek to prevent 2000 Australians from talking about what happens here,” he said.

“If there were a government policy like that I would have to consider my position … I don’t think that is a policy I could abide by.”

Don’t like it, the door is over there.

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