There has been a lot of discussion about asylum seekers in recent times, if not for many years actually.
I looked to see if I could find the actual figures recorded anywhere and here is a link that does have the list up to - well I am not sure - but there is a statement at the bottom of the page of figures stating that they were given to the ABC by the Parliamentary Library on 7th January 2013.
Obviously there have been a lot more arrivals this year, 2013.
The link to the figures:
Here is a chart also that I found although only up to 2010. It gives a very clear picture of how the Howard government had almost stopped the boats. It reveals clearly how the numbers skyrocketed after Kevin Rudd became Prime Minister in 2008.