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Stop the Stop the Boats

As usual, Senate estimates were a cavalcade of departmental representatives telling the parliament that they couldn’t recall important details, would have to take things on indefinite notice, and/or have destroyed all their notes on certain things embarrassing to the government.

And thus you might have missed the news that there was something of a blip in the figures for Border Force’s Cape Class patrols last year -- information which Labor Senator Kristina Kenneally tabled in senate after receiving via a freedom of information request.

It turns out that around the same time that Peter Dutton was memorably talking about how people smugglers were “champing at the bit” for a Labor victory in May 2019 so they could presumably restart the boats, Home Affairs apparently figured that the patrols deserved to take a little hiatus.