Almost $27 million has been spent on the facility this year, and the Biloela family are the only people housed there. So why are the conditions so bad?
Crikey readers on the welfare system and the government's war on asylum seekers.
From charter flights to court fees to the massive cost of holding someone in detention, the government has spent upward of $2 million trying to deport a family of asylum seekers.
Lawyers for Biloela's young Tamil family are trying to find a legal loophole that will allow them to pull a rabbit out of the hat.
Traditional media has been out of step with its audience on this issue since Tampa — and the government knows it.
Crikey unpacks the ugly history behind the phrase "anchor babies", and how it relates to where Australia and the US are now.
Compassion aside, how has this PR pro gotten the last few weeks so badly wrong?
Opposition home affairs spokesperson Kristina Keneally has copped a torrent of flak from News Corp for supporting the Biloela Tamil family. How far will the The Australian go in its latest Holy War?