Offshore detention makes no economic sense

Crikey readers talk the enormous cost of offshore detention, unemployment benefits and lack of whistleblower protection.

The other cost of offshore detention

Alex Romanoff writes: Re. “The boats have stopped” (Thursday). While those like Tamas Calderwood et al who preen about the “success” of “stopping the boats”, there is another reality, that of the cost of offshore detention in its various forms to the Australian taxpayer. Where Calderwood etc see boats, there are living, breathing human beings whose costs were estimated by none other than the National Commission of Audit, which estimates the cost of offshore detention as about $450,000 per person. This suggests we could buy a house in Australia for each asylum seeker for the cost of keeping them in offshore gulags. Perhaps this would not be such a bad idea.

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  1. Keith Thomas

    Good on you, Marcus!
    You have been on this case for years and it may pay off now.
    (I was in the CES 1960s-early 70s: Ballarat, Moonie Ponds etc so I understand where you are coming from.)

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