Federal

Nov 2, 2017

Surprise, surprise: Immigration and Border Force budget blows out

It was supposed to save hundreds of millions, but the merger of Immigration and Customs has produced yet another huge budget blowout.

Bernard Keane — Politics editor

Bernard Keane

Politics editor

Department of Immigration and Border Protection Secretary Michael Pezzullo

The government's plan to achieve major savings through merging immigration and customs is in tatters with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection reporting a major budget blowout in its 2016-17 annual report.

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8 thoughts on “Surprise, surprise: Immigration and Border Force budget blows out

  1. bref

    Are there any portfolios that aren’t totally mismanaged at the moment?

  2. Norm

    What surprise? The Baird Berejiklian Bank of NSW thinks nothing of serving up cost over-runs on its pet “Can Do” projects. Why should they care? Are they paying?

  3. old greybearded one

    Useless secretary who couldn’t run a raffle and a mongrel minister to put it mildly. The cynics may notice that Buggerup Berejiklian is unable to find money for the ICAC despite apparently having billions to spend on bullshit projects.

  4. AR

    Pezzullo was a perfect example of a careerist who rose without trace, originally to head Customs – though his younger brother officer was done for corruption involving drugs – and now somehow finds himself at the upper echelons of the APS and still wreaking havoc by his incompetence and toadying.

    1. bushby jane

      Hope he will be the first to go after the next election.

    2. thelorikeet

      Indeed the self aggrandising Secretary leave much to be desired and ought shoulder the blame. But that will not happen under Constable Dutton will it?

  5. klewso

    He’s one of these people with so little basis for being so arrogant.

  6. Bo Cat

    How much more time and money will be used for the still ongoing and somewhat mysterious investigation of the suspended Border Force commissioner Roman Quaedvlieg?

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