Conservative Party leaders were not shy about pointing fingers at the Opposition when asked whether they were to blame for the crisis.
The Opposition Leader, Nick Xenophon, said the Coalition was responsible for the current situation and said the Government was making mistakes.
Mr Xenophon said the Liberal Party was not doing enough and the Labor Party was also not doing much.
“The Labor Party is not doing anything.
It’s a party that has never had an issue with refugees,” he said.”
We don’t know how many people we have to take, but we know how much money we have left.”
The Opposition said the current refugee crisis was the fault of the Labor Government and Mr Xenophon was not the only one to blame.
“It’s a mess that’s being created by the Government of the day,” Opposition Leader Bill Shorten said.
“And the Government is not being held accountable for it.”
But Mr Xenophs Liberal Party colleague Tim Wilson said the Opposition was wrong to blame the Coalition for the refugee problem.
“If you’re going to blame Labor for anything, it’s the Government that hasn’t made any promises,” he told ABC Radio Canberra.
“They’ve done nothing to make any changes in their policies to deal with this.”
Mr Wilson said Labor had made its position clear.
“I think the Government has got to put its foot down, make a promise to deal directly with these people, and it’s going to have to deal at a rate that makes a difference in the lives of these people,” he added.
“So Labor has to put up or shut up.”
The Government has been under fire from both sides of politics for failing to take action to stem the flow of asylum seekers and refugees, particularly as the number of people arriving at the Northern Territory border has increased.
“What we are seeing today is a failure to do something that has been clearly agreed to by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and other relevant countries around the world,” Opposition Immigration spokesman Michael McCormack said.
The Government said it had received the UN’s refugee convention and was “well on track” to deal humanely with the influx of asylum seeker boats.
“A government that is committed to taking a more humane approach to dealing with refugees, we are well on track to deal in accordance with that convention,” Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said.
He said the government would continue to work with UNHCR and other humanitarian organisations to help those most in need.
“There is a large number of unaccompanied minors in the Northern Australia region that we will continue to engage with UNHCR to support,” he confirmed.
“Asylum seekers coming to Australia by boat will continue their journey across the Australian border.”
The ABC has sought comment from the Government.