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Australia's borders are closed to illegal marintime migration

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    The Australian Government is committed to protecting Australia's borders, combating people smuggling in our region, and preventing people from risking their lives at sea.

    Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led border security operation that was established in 2013 to deliver on this commitment.

    There is only one way to gain entry into Australia — with an Australian visa.

    To find out more about your options for safe and lawful travel to Australia, visit the Immigration and Citizenship website.

    SIEV X - Smuggler Jailed

    People smuggler Maythem Radhi was recently sentenced to seven years in jail for his role in a maritime people smuggling operation that resulted in the deaths of 353 people, including 140 children, in Oct 2001 – known as SIEV X.

    Radhi and his fellow people smugglers were not motivated by moral purpose.

    As Justice Crowley observed, Radhi, for financial reward, was involved with a people-smuggling group that sought to exploit desperate people.

    Regardless of what people smugglers say, DO NOT TRUST THEM. They do not care about you.

    If you attempt an illegal maritime journey, YOU WILL NOT settle in Australia.

    You have Zero Chance of success.