Turnbull will not budge on border protection policies

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has vowed to push ahead with the government's hardline border protection policies.

It comes after Indonesian authorities this week intercepted a boat bound for Christmas Island - the first test of the government's resolve following the leadership change.

Mr Turnbull said on Wednesday night he would not budge on the government's border protection policies.

He warned asylum seekers they would never come to Australia on illegal boats, despite voicing concerns this week about those in detention centres.

"We will not tolerate people smuggling, if people want to come to Australia, people smuggling is absolutely the wrong way," he said

"The government is actively looking at ways to resettle asylum seekers once they are processed, but we cannot take a backward step on the issue."

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said there had been no policy shift over the past week.

He said some changes could be made to strengthen border protection laws.

"If we need to sharpen our programs, our policies, which will make it even harder for people smugglers to get through the net, that is exactly what we will do," he said.


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