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Government Marks 200 Days Without Reporting On The Arrival Of A Boat

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott today said his government had successfully “stopped the reporting of boats,” marking 200 days since news of the last boatload of asylum seekers reached the Australian public.

“Although there’s still work to be done, we can say today that the lines of communication have been closed,” Mr Abbott told reporters this morning, adding that his Government had sent a ‘strong message’ to would-be information traffickers.

Mr Abbott said he felt vindicated, after many commentators had doubted his Government’s ability to say so little for so long. “To those who scoffed, to those who said it couldn’t be done, well, we’ve proved that it can”.

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