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Dutton accuses Amnesty of bullying over refugee policies

IMMIGRATION Minister Peter Dutton has hit out at Amnesty International, saying he will not be bullied over Australia's refugee policies.

The comment followed an Amnesty report's description of Australia's secretive Operation Sovereign Borders as a lawless venture that should be fully exposed through a royal commission.

The report alleges Australian officials paid $45,000 to six crew to return a boat of asylum seekers to Indonesia and that money was also paid money to the crew of a boat turned back in July.

Mr Dutton told Ray Hadley on Radio 2GB the report was a disgrace and the government had already responded to the allegations.

"Amnesty International and others don't like Operation Sovereign Borders and the fact that we've stopped boats, but we are not going to stop our resolve," he said.

"We're not going to be bullied into some watering down of that," he said.

Topics:  amnesty international asylum seeker editors picks peter dutton refugee


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