“We do know that 14,000 people are positioned in Indonesia. They are prepared to hop on boats. That is not to speak of the threat that exists in other countries in the region.”
Ex-prime minister Tony Abbott warned Britain last year to make sure migrant boats were turned back or Europe would collapse.
But those words went unheeded and it was this week revealed 2,000 migrants were still making it into the EU by sea every day.
The Australian government has also decided to take in 12,000 Syrians hit by the Middle East crisis.