Australian Border Force confirms ocean patrols were cut to save money on fuel

The Australian Border Force has admitted it curtailed ocean patrols to save money on fuel, contradicting Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton’s claims that the agency did not reduce its marine presence.

The admission casts doubt over the Morrison government’s border protection strategy as it engages in a political fight with Labor over the medical transfers of refugees at Manus Island and Nauru.

https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/australian-border-force-confirms-ocean-patrols-were-cut-to-save-money-on-fuel-20190226-p510ez.html