Government 'no' on kidnap ransom

THE federal government has ruled out paying a ransom to have Australian adventurer Warren Rodwell released from his kidnappers in the Philippines.

Mr Rodwell, 53, has pleaded for his life in a video sent to his Filipina wife and has told her his captors are demanding a $US2 million payment.

Mr Rodwell was taken from his home on the southern island of Mindanao on December 5.

Human Services Minister Brendan O'Connor today said the government was doing everything it could to have the former Sydneysider released, but said Australia had a bipartisan policy of not paying ransom demands to kidnappers.

'The Australian government has a policy of not providing ransoms, but we are at this point working with the local authorities, our embassy is working with those authorities in Manila and we will be working hard to ensure Mr Rodwell is released," Mr O'Connor said.

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