13 October 2008
Australian g'ovt sends strong warning to people smugglers
The Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Senator Chris Evans is hoping the arrest and charging of an Indonesian man for people smuggling will send a clear message to others in the region they will receive harsh penalties for such illegal activities.
An Indonesian man was recently arrested and charged for captaining a vessel containing 12 passengers looking to enter the borders without a visa for Australia.
Senator Evans warned future people smugglers, if caught, his government will not tolerate them and penalties will carry up to 20 years' imprisonment.
"People smuggling is an abhorrent crime. To exploit vulnerable people during times of desperation demonstrates a callous disregard for the law and for humanity," Senator Evans said.
The Minister assured the public his government is working hard to strengthen and protect its borders from people entering the country unlawfully without Australian visas.
"People smuggling undermines Australia’s borders and the integrity of its immigration system and the Government will continue to deal resolutely with unauthorised boat arrivals," Senator Evans said.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people apply for an Australia visa.
Article by Jessica Bird, Australian Visa Bureau.