The Federal government says Malaysia still supports its proposed refugee swap deal, despite the political impasse on the issue.
Under the Malaysia solution, 800 asylum seekers who arrive by boat will be sent to Malaysia and Australia will accept 4,000 refugees in return.
The Opposition says it will not support the swap deal because Malaysia is not a signatory to the United Nations Convention on refugees.
Opposition Leader Tony Abbott says he wants to turn boats around to Indonesia and return to offshore processing at Nauru.
Foreign minister Bob Carr says he has discussed the asylum seeker impasse with his Malaysian counterpart, who still wants the deal to go ahead.
He says the Malaysian government is not frustrated by the delays to the deal.
“It was raised by me as one of the agenda items we touch on regularly,” Senator Carr said.
“They simply acknowledge they continue to support it.
“Everyone with a stake in the humanitarian argument about irregular maritime arrivals knows that you’ve got to have offshore processing if you are to break the business model of people smugglers.
“Everyone agrees, except the Opposition, that [the Malaysia solution] is the best option for offshore processing.”