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Both major parties say Rohingyas should not be brought to Australia for resettlement -

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PETER LLOYD: It's almost certain that none of the asylum seekers currently escaping the misery and persecution of military run Burma will be allowed to resettle in Australia.

Today Bill Shorten lined up with the Prime Minister Tony Abbott in saying no to pressure from Indonesia for Australia to take some of the boat people.

The Greens say Australia is being shown up by its poorer neighbours.

From Canberra, political correspondent Louise Yaxley.

LOUISE YAXLEY: The Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has been pressed this morning about what Australia is specifically doing for the thousands stranded on boats or recently rescued from the ocean.

PETER DUTTON: Well I'm just not sure people grasp all of the facts here, with respect. We are providing support to countries including Indonesia. We provide support to across South East Asia otherwise, we provide humanitarian support and Minister Bishop has already announced more humanitarian support. That is what we are doing, as you would expect from a responsible country like Australia.

We are providing support directly to the UNHCR (United Nations Human Rights Council) who provides the services in Indonesia, for Rohingyas and others. We are providing support to IOM (International Organization for Migration) who provides settlement services and provides support for displaced people within the region.

LOUISE YAXLEY: Rohingyas have been leaving Burma for years but Thailand's recent crackdown means they have been fleeing by sea, leaving so many vulnerable people on overcrowded boats.

But while the method they use has changed Mr Dutton emphasises that it is an ongoing problem.

PETER DUTTON: The significant situation is that playing out at the moment in relation to Rohingyas has been ongoing for a number of years and there is a lot of work that the Burmese need to do recognise the Rohingyas and to provide them with safety.

We also need to close down the people smuggling business wherever that is possible and not provide a pull factor, which is what the Labor Party did when they were in government and that's what resulted in 1,200 people drowning at sea on their way to Australia, and I'm not going to allow that situation to restart.

LOUISE YAXLEY: The Prime Minister says agreeing to accept these migrants would be irresponsible.

TONY ABBOTT: Any suggestion that there is some kind of special resettlement program here in Australia for people taking to the sea in boats just encourages people smuggling. So it would be utterly irresponsible of me or anyone to suggest for a second that we will reward people for doing something so dangerous.

LOUISE YAXLEY: The Opposition Leader Bill Shorten is urging the Government to do more but says he doesn't want the migrants brought to Australia either.

BILL SHORTEN: But the answer doesn't mean that we take these people here. What it does mean is we just do it as we've done in the past with other humanitarian disasters is we provide some form of assistance. But no one says when there's a disaster in another part of the world the only option to doing nothing is to take all of the survivors ourselves. There are other options and I think that it's the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop who's shown perhaps a little more sympathy to what's going on than Tony Abbott.

LOUISE YAXLEY: But the Greens leader Richard di Natale says Australia is not doing enough.

RICHARD DI NATALE: We've got a tragedy unfolding in our region, we've been shown up by some of our poorer neighbours, Malaysia and Indonesia, Thailand, all of whom are demonstrating the leadership that's so sadly lacking here in Australia.

They've committed now to resettling some of these people. People who are fleeing torture, human rights abuses in their region who have been stranded on the high seas many of whom have now lost small children, family members, mothers, fathers and are desperate for our help and we have a Government that's turning their back on them. That's turning their back on these vulnerable people who have been through so much trauma.

How is it that we in the region have countries much poorer than ours who are showing the generosity and compassion that Tony Abbott is so sadly lacking?

LOUISE YAXLEY: Senator Di Natale insists Australia should agree to resettle some of this group.

RICHARD DI NATALE: What I think Australia needs to do is take a step back, recognise that we are part of this region, that we all have a responsibility and that we can do our part in helping settle some of these people here in Australia and work proactively towards a regional solution.

I'm really disappointed with the language that's being used. I urge both the Labor Party and the Coalition to take a stand on this, to show that Australia can be part of the solution and to stop making Australia an international pariah. Tony Abbott is making us an international pariah and we are getting a reputation for being cruel.

PETER LLOYD: That's the Greens leader Richard di Natale ending that report from Louise Yaxley.