Federal Parliament is set to shut for its winter break without finding a solution to an influx of asylum seekers amid warnings more will die.

Opposition Leader Tony Abbott signalled yesterday that he would not change his hardline stance of demanding the Government adopt all his proposals, despite growing discontent within his party.

There are no indications from the Government that it will force a vote on its plan, which would allow offshore processing of asylum seekers in either Nauru or its preferred country of Malaysia.

But there appears to be little appetite from the Government, the Opposition or Greens to compromise on their long-held positions.

Mr Abbott, under pressure from an increasing number of his backbench to give some ground, said he was not for turning.

"What's needed here is not more bipartisanship but effective policies," he said. "What's needed here is not compromise for compromise sake."

WA Liberal Judi Moylan joined fellow West Australian Mal Washer in saying the coalition had to give some ground to the Government to stop further deaths.

She said it appeared the Liberal Party did not want to make any concessions despite the real threat that more people would die in coming weeks while Parliament was in recess.

"I've had people tell me the job of the Opposition is to be against the Government but even on major economic issues or threats of national security we can agree and work together," Ms Moylan said.

"We've got to stop politicising this issue, we have to work together to get a solution."

The Opposition shadow cabinet meets today but Mr Abbott killed off suggestions there would be a push for a change to his position.

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the Government had already given ground on offshore processing. It was now time for Mr Abbott to shift his position.

"I don't think we can keep seeing these sorts of human tragedies occurring," she told the Ten Network.

"Really the finger-pointing and point-scoring is well past its use-by date."

'We've got to stop politicising this issue, we have to work together to get a solution.'"WA Liberal MP *Judi Moylan *

The West Australian

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