Pressure builds on Abbott over people smuggler payments

INCREASING pressure on the Federal Government to reveal whether it paid people smugglers to turn back their boats is yet to elicit a straight response from Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has ramped up his campaign for answers, but so far has drawn only criticism from Mr Abbott.

Mr Abbott dodged the question at the NSW Liberals State Conference, calling Labor "weak on border security, weak on national security and weak on Budget security".

"We will keep this country safe - and keeping our country safe starts with keeping our borders secure and that is exactly what this Government has done," he said.

Mr Abbott also used the podium to reaffirm his commitment to cancelling citizenship for dual citizens who go overseas to join terrorist groups.

"If you go to Syria or Iraq to fight with a terrorist army, you are committing the modern form of treason," he said.

"If you go to Syria or Iraq to fight with a terrorist army, we don't want you back."

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