Border protection officials are monitoring a foreign boat sailing close to Christmas Island, the government says.
The RAAF detected the boat heading towards the island on Monday, Immigration Minister Kevin Andrews' office said on Tuesday night.
"As of 6pm, the vessel is on the high seas," the spokeswoman said.
"Border protection is continuing to monitor the vessel."
The spokeswoman said no details were available about the type of vessel or the people on board.
The government is building a detention centre on Christmas Island, which will be able to hold up to 800 detainees when it becomes fully operational later this year.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
MYSTERY BOAT NEAR CHRISTMAS ISLAND
We doubt there's anything nefarious here, but the story sounds cool. The Sydney Morning Herald reports:
A detention camp on Christmas Island. Probably nixes the idea of stockings on great big coconut trees.