Scott Morrison
Scott Morrison

Coalition remains tough on asylum seeker stance

IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison has confirmed the Coalition Government is not softening its stance on asylum seekers arriving by boat.

Mr Morrison said on Friday the government still had a plethora of options and the "full arsenal of measures" to tackle border protection.

But his comments may anger Indonesian officials, after Prime Minister Tony Abbott toned down his rhetoric during a trip to Jakarta.

It is understood Mr Abbott did not explore the impact of the Coalitions turn, or tow, back the boats policies on Indonesia in meetings with President Susilo Bambang Yudyohono.

Both Mr Abbott and Mr Morrison have said "everything remains on the table" in regards to such policies.

As the Coalition readies its Operation Sovereign Borders Canberra headquarters, Mr Morrison again said he would not go into "operational details" on whether authorities have yet turned any boats back.

He refused to answer questions in Sydney on whether the public deserved to know whether boats had been turned or towed back since the Coalition took government.

Instead, Mr Morrison said only he believed the public were "keen to know when the government stops the boats".

During the briefing, the minister confirmed the government has now transferred 334 recent arrivals to offshore detention centres, 171 of whom were transferred in the past seven days.


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