Aug 29, 2017

Rorting the system? Asylum seekers given ‘final departure visa E’ actually saving taxpayers millions

Peter Dutton tells us his recent crackdown on asylum seekers in Australia is about the costs of a rorted system -- but how do those costs compare with the detention centres on Nauru and Manus Island?

Charlie Lewis — Journalist

Charlie Lewis


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In the aftermath of the revelations that roughly 70 asylum seekers who had been brought to Australia for medical treatment (and stayed thanks to a court injunction) would have their income support cut off and would have three weeks to find alternative accommodation or face deportation, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton talked about the significant costs these asylum seekers imposed upon the taxpayer.

"The medical care has been provided and through tricky legal moves they are now prevented from being returned to their country of origin, Manus or Nauru," Dutton told the Daily Telegraph.  

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4 thoughts on “Rorting the system? Asylum seekers given ‘final departure visa E’ actually saving taxpayers millions

  1. Draco Houston

    It has never been about the money, and the government don’t like to talk about that. They probably realize that quoting the budget of the 2 camps has an 100% chance of turning someone off the policy regardless of their opinions on refugees or people smuggling. I should rename myself to Manus Island and get in on that billion dollars of public funds that go down the dunny.

    1. Marilyn J Shepherd

      There are no people being smuggled to Australia, there has never been any people smuggled to Australia – they come openly on the ocean, a legal right, and present to the authorities.

      Our racist media and pollies calling it ”smuggling” have been lying since Ruddock invented the story in 1999, our courts have been saying since 2000
      this is clearly NOT PEOPLE SMUGGLING, and not one frigging journalist ever bothers to report facts.

  2. zut alors

    Taxpayers would be saving money even if the refugees were accommodated at the Park Hyatt.

  3. Barbara Haan

    J Edgar Tuber and the LNP and ALP: “My eyes are dim I cannot see, I put blinkers on to purify me”.

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