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Border Force gets permanent base

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The head of Australian Border Force says he has no concerns that the Chinese operators of the Port of Darwin will be aware of boats coming and going during at-sea operations.

Roman Quaedvlieg and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton were in Darwin on Thursday to announce that the ABF will have a permanent base at East Arm Wharf in the Port of Darwin after two years of operating on an “ad hoc” basis, waiting for berths to become available at Stokes Hill Wharf.

They say that slowed down operations.

Mr Quaedvlieg said ABF would follow standard reporting protocols as boats enter and leave the port, and said there were no security issues associated with Chinese port operators Landbridge knowing of their movements.

He said he was confident that East Arm was the most secure location for the facility.


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