The Home Affairs minister doesn't know whether any of the murderers and rapists he repeatedly warned would come to Australia under refugee medical evacuation laws have in fact come.
Peter Dutton says just over 30 asylum seekers have been transported from Manus Island and Nauru to Australia under the laws that passed parliament in February against the government's wishes.
None of them have gone to Christmas Island, where the government reopened a detention centre with much fanfare and a $185 million price tag to cope with the flood of sick asylum seekers it asserted would arrive.
Amid debate around the legislation in February, Mr Dutton released advice from security agencies the laws would allow people in the centres accused of serious crimes to come to Australia for medical treatment.
But asked on Sunday whether any of these people had come, he said: "I don't know the answer to that question in terms of the concerns that we have about individuals."
The government intends to scrap the medevac law soon after the new parliament convenes in July, and Mr Dutton said he understood Labor was now open to supporting that repeal or a winding back of its provisions.
Mr Dutton also indicated the deal with the United States to resettle up to 1250 refugees has nearly played out.
He said 531 people had left Nauru and Manus Island to make new homes in the US and a further 295 were approved to go and were waiting on travel arrangements.
Another 95 people had either pulled out of the Americans' "extreme vetting" process or turned down resettlement offers.
"If we can get those 95 across the line, then we get closer to zero (people left on Manus and Nauru)," Mr Dutton said.
"I don't think we'll get to the 1250 because there's been ... over 300 that have been rejected by the United States for various reasons."
When the deal was struck between then leaders Malcolm Turnbull and Barack Obama, it was understood Australia would offer a quid pro quo by taking some asylum seekers from the US, expected to come from camps in Costa Rica.
Mr Turnbull later told US President Donald Trump that under the deal, "We are taking people from the previous administration that they were very keen on getting out of the United States... We will take anyone that you want us to take."
Australia has settled two Rwandan men accused of murder who were in legal limbo in the US, although the government insists they passed stringent security checks.
But on Sunday Mr Dutton denied Australia was taking anyone from the US in exchange.
"Under the arrangement that we had with the United States ... there were people coming from Nauru and Manus to the United States, and not people coming this way," he said.
"We don't have plans to bring any others from America at this stage."
However, he did say Australia was having discussions with the US and United Nations about "cases that might be very hard, intractable in some circumstances" as a participant in the global migration model, but he insisted this was separate to the refugee settlement deal.
STATE OF PLAY FOR OFFSHORE REFUGEES
* 531 gone to the United States
* 295 more approved to go to the US and waiting for flights
* More than 300 rejected by US
* 95 pulled out of US process or declined resettlement offers
* More than 30 come to Australia for medical treatment under new medevac laws
* Zero on Christmas Island.
Australian Associated Press