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Originally posted by learnatic
These are to search for asylum seeker boats not for illegal immigrant boats. This tells me that they are likely to be used for other purposes unless of course they are going to search for boats filled with potential cheap workers who will drive down wages, way outside of Australia's territorial waters so they can go and get them, bring them inside Australia's territorial waters so they can be 'saved' and brought ashore to ensure they make it into Australia.
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