Australia Prime Minister, Tony Abbott.
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Migrants: Tony Abbott defends 'creative' strategies

Australia's Prime Minister, Tony Abbott, has refused to deny reports that border officials paid people smugglers to take back boats full of asylum seekers to Indonesia.

Mr Abbott said Australia had developed "incredibly creative" approaches to stopping asylum boats from reaching the country.

Australia's immigration and foreign ministers have denied allegations a payment was made to the crew.

Indonesia's foreign ministry has said it is "very concerned".

Jon Donnison reports from Sydney.

  • 12 Jun 2015
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