Were police paid off in boat bribes?

Tony Abbott has boasted about ‘turning back the boats' as bribery allegations built. Pic:

Tony Abbott has boasted about ‘turning back the boats’ as bribery allegations built. Pic: Marc McCormack
Source: News Corp Australia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has used a speech in Sydney to celebrate his government’s work on boat turn-backs, despite lingering questions over whether Australian officials paid people smugglers to return to Indonesia.

Mr Abbott addressed the Liberal Party faithful in Sydney on Saturday at the party’s state council, singling out former immigration minister Scott Morrison for special praise.

“He did what everyone said couldn’t be done — he stopped the boats,” Mr Abbott said, to shouts of “hear, hear” from the audience at the Four Seasons ballroom.

Just how those boats were stopped has been called into question recently as allegations continue against Australian officials who reportedly paid people smug…

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