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Defence Minister Peter Dutton says in 2013 the Coalition inherited a humanitarian catastrophe from Labor, which was weak on national security.

“Labor’s weak security policies had resulted in 50,000 people arriving, as we know, into our country on more than 800 boats and, tragically, at least 1,200 men, women and children drowned at sea,” Mr Dutton told the National Press Club.

“Now, we made the difficult decision to put in place policies which regained control of our sovereignty by securing our borders and breaking the people smugglers’ business model.

“It was something that many claimed could not be done.”

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