Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has used his last appearance before voting closes to confirm an unauthorised vessel from Sri Lanka has been intercepted on its way to Australia.
Speaking after casting his ballot in his home electorate of Cook in Sydney, Morrison told journalists reports of an interception were correct.
The Prime minister said the vessel was intercepted under government policy and following normal protocols.
As immigration minister, Morrison did not disclose when or if boats had been intercepted under his then-newly minted Operation Sovereign Borders.
It is understood about 15 people were on board the vessel that was intercepted by Australian authorities off the west coast of Christmas Island after almost making it to land.
The group were on board an Operation Sovereign Borders vessel having their credentials verified.
The Liberal Party moved quickly to share the information with voters following Morrison’s announcement.
Many voters received a text message on Election Day advising them of boat intercepts and encouraging them to vote for Liberal candidates if they wanted to keep borders secure.
A Liberal Party spokesperson confirmed the party was behind the message.