Prime Minister Tony Abbott has consistently said that the number of asylum seekers arriving by boat (or "illegal maritime arrivals", in the government's parlance) reached a rate of almost 50,000 a year by midway through last year. But did it?
Get Fact: were there really 50,000 boat arrivals a year under Labor?
Tony Abbott has claimed that before he "stopped the boats", they were coming in at a rate of 50,000 a year. Is that true? David Tittensor, a research fellow to the UNESCO Chair, with Deakin’s Centre for Citizenship and Globalisation, checks the claim.