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HELEN POLLEY, TASMANIAN LABOR SENATOR: I personally find this abhorrent.

PETER DUTTON, IMMIGRATION MINISTER: No, either you support this measure or you don't.

PAULINE HANSON, ONE NATION SENATOR: I think we need to make a very tough stance and put out a clear message refugees are not welcome here.

REPORTER: Is she correct?

MALCOLM TURNBULL, PRIME MINISTER: I am not going to run a commentary on others. I would just say this; we have the most, one of the most, generous humanitarian intakes in the world.

ANDREW LEIGH, LABOR FRONTBENCHER: Any moment now Australians are expecting Malcolm Turnbull to unzip his suit and Tony Abbott to step out from inside.

DAVID LIPSON, POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT: If you thought the issue of boat arrivals was settled, the Immigration Minister wants you to think again.

PETER DUTTON: People who believe that the people smugglers have gone away or that the issue around people arriving by boat has somehow disappeared, are completely blind to the facts in relation to this issue.

DAVID LIPSON: And, if you thought the Government's hardline stance on refugees couldn't get any tougher, it has.

Seemingly, out of the deep blue, the Immigration Minister has announced plans to legislate a life-time ban for any asylum seeker currently on Manus Island or Nauru and for anyone who attempts the journey in future.

No tourist visas, no business trips, no visits to family here.

PETER DUTTON: I am not going to preside over a situation where we see boats recommence and a need for detention centres, either on the mainland or in other parts of our region, to reopen or to be re-established to accommodate new arrivals.

DAVID LIPSON: As the Immigration Minister himself points out, it has been more than 800 days since the last successful people smuggling venture and there is no suggestion of an imminent surge in attempted boat journeys, so the question is why such a punitive approach at this time?

Well, it is claimed the Government is closing in on a deal to resettle refugees in so-called third countries, like the US, Canada or New Zealand and, fearing that could be misconstrued by people smugglers as a way into Australia through the back ddor, the Minister felt compelled to act.

But New Zealand, it seems, isn't on board.

JOHN KEY, NEW ZEALAND PRIME MINISTER: I haven't seen any evidence to support that there would be a position where somebody could come to New Zealand, ultimately gain New Zealand citizenship and not have the rights to travel over to Australia.

DAVID LIPSON: The New Zealand Prime Minister says there has been no obvious action from Australia to take up his offer of resettling 150 refugees and if a lifetime ban on travelling to Australia was imposed, his offer would be off the table anyway.

JOHN KEY: Certainly we won't be in the process of creating different classes of New Zealand citizens.

DAVID LIPSON: Labor claims the announcement is merely politics at play.

ANDREW LEIGH: This is the extreme wing of the Liberal Party driving policy. Not in the national interest, but in order to sow discord and division within Australia.

HELEN POLLEY: I think it is outrageous and demonstrates to me quite clearly that this is a Prime Minister who is desperate.

DAVID LIPSON: Bit by bit Labor has been wedged reluctantly into supporting the Coalition's consistently tough stance on turn-backs and offshore processing but now major cracks are appearing.

HELEN POLLEY: I supported Labor all the way when it came to that policy but it has come to a point where enough is enough.

And I would find it unpalatable if we have to extend to this sort of legislation coming before us.

PETER DUTTON: Clearly, the Labor Party, as they were at the last election, remains bitterly divided when it comes to border protection policies.

DAVID LIPSON: This time, it seems, even the leader may be prepared to stare down the politics and take a stand.

BILL SHORTEN, OPPOSITION LEADER: This latest idea from the Government seems to be ridiculous.

The idea that someone who may be a US or a Canadian citizen, because they were once a refugee, wouldn't be allowed to visit Australia for tourism or business purpose for many decades to come, that idea seems ludicrous on face value.

DAVID LIPSON: Mr Shorten says he wants to see the final legislation before making any decision, but at least one member of his team has already made up her mind.

HELEN POLLEY: There isn't any way that I can see myself or my colleagues actually supporting the ridiculous, and I have to say very ridiculous, points of the Prime Minister's thought bubble that he announced yesterday.

DAVID LIPSON: Whatever happens, it looks like the policy is destined for a fight in Parliament.

That could be exactly what the Government wants.