Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne
Australia’s strong border protection policies and capabilities have proven highly effective at preventing illegal boat ventures to Australia.
According to the Commander of Australia’s Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB), Air Vice-Marshal Stephen Osborne, education plays an important role in preventing people from attempting illegal migration to Australia.
“One of the goals of Operation Sovereign Borders is to educate vulnerable people in other countries about the serious risks and consequences of trying to reach Australia illegally by boat.
“If people don’t know the facts about Australia’s border protection policies, there is a risk that they might make a bad decision and attempt a dangerous boat voyage to Australia.
Air Vice-Marshall Osborne explained that the Australian community can play an important part in saving lives and protecting Australia’s borders.
“Our research shows that Australia’s mullticultural communities play a significant role in influencing the migration decisions of people overseas.
“For this reason, we are commited to working with these communities to raise awareness of Australia’s border protection policies, and to encourage community members to share this knowledge with friends and family back home.
“People are more likely to believe information when it comes from a trusted friend or relative, so these people can make a big difference when it comes to influencing the decisions of people offshore,” he said.
Despite OSB’s strong record of preventing illegal migration to Australia, Air Vice-Marshal Osborne warned that we cannot become complacent.
“People smugglers actively spread rumours and false information about changes to our border protection policies or new routes to Australia.
“So it is important that we take every opportunity to get out there and tell the truth, and counter the lies of people smugglers.
“The Australian Government has been clear that its border protection policies will not change.
“Anyone who attempts to reach Australia illegally by boat will be stopped and turned back,” he said.
Air Vice-Marshal Osborne called on Australia’s multicultural communities to talk to family and friends overseas about Australia’s tough border protection policies.
“It is vital that Australia’s multicultural communities help us to protect vulnerable people from being fooled by people smugglers and risking their lives.
“When you talk to your friends and family, please tell them that the only way to come to Australia is with a valid visa. Tell them not to waste their money or risk their life by trusting a people smuggler and getting on a boat.
“The illegal maritime pathway to Australia is closed, and it will stay closed,” he said.
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|Something to have a little smile about, when things seem extremely gloomy on the World Front.These two very “amusing” photographs were “sent” to me via e’mail by another good Lankan friend of mine in W.A.
Maxie Gerreyn, an undoubted “talent” with both pen & paintbrush has decided to join me on “this one”& “your’s truly has decided to “keep it short”, write a bit of a poem, and let you good readers have a chuckle with these “two”
“A bloody good swop of two “crops” at the top
From two Lankan “Fops”, at the bottom
Mr. Trump and Kim Un, now, which is the one ?
To finally say, “well, I’ve gott-em
it’s no time for jokes, now we’re serious folks
But our Planet will just have to smile
When they read the facts, from Desmond & Max
This should last all you Lankans for a while.
Desmond Kelly. ‘the Star of eLanka’
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