Asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat has been a major political issue for more than a decade, and the Liberal-National coalition has made a key part of their current election campaign.
The article in the link below, makes it seem like Tony Abbots political mantra “We will stop the boats” is more an example of political newspeak* than a genuine promise he intends to fulfil.
It’s not necessarily the arrival of boats that he will stop; it’s the ANNOUNCEMENT of boat arrivals that will stop. So if the boats keep coming, we won’t know about it and it will APPEAR that they are no longer arriving.
Coalition may censor boat arrivals
*“newspeak” see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newspeak