JULIA Gillard has backed away from plans for a refugee processing centre in East Timor. The Prime Minister is under fire for the approach she has taken in securing East TimorÃ¢Â€Â™s support for a coordinated neighbourhood approach to stop asylum seekers reachingÂ AustraliaÃ¢Â€Â™sÂ shores. The troubles come on the eve of a possible federal election where migration is an issue biting in LaborÃ¢Â€Â™sÂ heartland. News_Rich_Media:Â Julia GillardÃ¢Â€Â™s TimorÂ backflip Ms Gillard spoke first to East TimorÃ¢Â€Â™s President Jose Ramos-Horta, the ceremonial head of the nation, instead of Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao or any members of theÂ government. Questioned on 4BC about the impression she gaveÂ Australians that the centre would be in East Timor, Ms Gillard said that was notÂ right. Ã¢Â€ÂœOnce again with respect and obviously happy to be judged on what I say and what I said in the speech was not that. I did not sayÂ that.Ã¢Â€Â Ms Gillard said she had said there was no quick fix to the asylum seeker problem and there would need to be discussions across theÂ region. Ã¢Â€ÂœIÃ¢Â€Â™m not going to leave undisturbed the impression that I made an announcement about a specific location,Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â™ Ms Gillard toldÂ 4BC. Asked where the proposed centre would be, Ms Gillard said: Ã¢Â€ÂœWell, this will have to emerge from the work with our regionalÂ neighbours.Ã¢Â€Â™Ã¢Â€Â™ Prime Minister Gusmao said he was currently Ã¢Â€Âœvery busyÃ¢Â€Â with other government business and that he had asked President Jose Ramos-Horta to continue discussions with Ms Gillard and report back to him when the plan was more mature, TheÂ AustralianÂ reported. But Mr Gusmao gave conditional support to the proposal for asylum-seekers to be processed at a regional centre based in EastÂ Timor. He said he had Ã¢Â€Âœopen mindÃ¢Â€Â on the proposal, but warned that he would need to see the detail of Ms GillardÃ¢Â€Â™s proposal. Even then, he said at a press conference inÂ Dili, the plan would require extensive investigation by his government and lengthy debate in theÂ parliament before the measure couldÂ proceed. ConsultationÂ lacking Ms Gillard has been accused ofÂ failing to properly consult East Timor about her boatpeople plan, with Tony Abbott saying it showed that amateurs were running theÂ country. Ms Gillard should have known to deal with East TimorÃ¢Â€Â™s prime minister, not its president, who holds no executive role, the opposition leaderÂ said. Ã¢Â€ÂœThe fact she did not know this and did not think to ask this demonstrates that frankly we have amateurs running theÂ Australian government,Ã¢Â€Â heÂ said. But Mr Gusmao denied being offended by Ms GillardÃ¢Â€Â™s diplomaticÂ gaffe. Ms Gillard has admitted sheÃ¢Â€Â™s yet to speak to East Timorese Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao about her proposal to send asylum seekers to a regional processing centre she wants builtÂ there. She said she will speak to Mr Gusmao in coming days, after talks with President Jose Ramos-Horta indicated he was open to discussions about theÂ plan. But Mr GusmaoÃ¢Â€Â™s deputy Jose Luis Guterres has already said East Timor was Ã¢Â€ÂœveryÂ unlikelyÃ¢Â€Â to agree to Ms GillardÃ¢Â€Â™s plan announcedÂ earlier thisÂ week. NegativeÂ reaction Across the Tasman New ZealandÃ¢Â€Â™s refugee council has warned that the country should steer clear of backingÂ AustraliaÃ¢Â€Â™s proposed regional processingÂ centre. The New Zealand Refugee Council (NZRC) saidÂ Australia had different Ã¢Â€Âœasylum issues which are presently bound up in domesticÂ politics related to their own upcomingÂ electionsÃ¢Â€Â. The NZRC said it didnÃ¢Â€Â™t think GillardÃ¢Â€Â™s proposal to return to Howard era offshore detention centres was a good solution given theÂ Ã¢Â€Âœappalling conditions in existingÂ Australian asylum detentionÂ centresÃ¢Â€Â. Ã¢Â€ÂœNo New Zealand taxpayer funding should beÂ applied to supporting a regional transitional camp in East Timor,Ã¢Â€Â a statement from the councilÂ said.