A heavily laden boat of asylum seekers has been intercepted near Christmas Island as vessels continue to arrive despite Labor's embrace of the Pacific solution.
The boat carrying 195 passengers - one of the largest to arrive in recent years - had to be assisted early this morning.
This is the biggest number asylum seekers to arrive on a single boat since the government announced on August 13th it would restore offshore processing.
Well over 3200 asylum seekers have arrived since August 13th, far outstripping the projected capacity of camps on Nauru and Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to accommodate.
The government seized on the voluntary departure of 19 Sri Lankans in the past week as evidence a spell on Nauru was a deterrent.