Asylum seeker costs will top $1bn before long
And yet our government will likely never admit they got it wrong by weakening the effective laws that we had. Their heart may have been in the right place but their head was, and still is, in outer space.
ASYLUM seeker arrivals have sparked an $866 million budget blow-out, forcing the Government to rush laws into Parliament begging for more cash.
The Sunday Mail can reveal Parliament will debate the plea for a fresh injection of taxpayer funds this week.
Another boat with 127 suspected asylum seekers was spotted off Christmas Island yesterday.
At the same time the Government confirmed it would ask for another $330 million this year, with the total blow-out rising to $866 million over four years.
Any one else not feeling so reassured the budget will be back in surplus by 2013?