Asy­lum seek­ers’ cost

The West Australian - - LETTERS -

A Gov­ern­ment au­dit re­veals that it costs $573,000 to house a sin­gle asy­lum seeker off­shore for one year. Sup­port­ing that per­son on a bridg­ing visa in Aus­tralia would cost $40,000.

Now that the boats have stopped, and we have the sys­tem to keep them stopped, we need to get these peo­ple out of the is­land de­ten­tion jails and into the com­mu­nity where they can live a pro­duc­tive life, and not cost any­thing.

If both ma­jor par­ties don’t want to look at the moral­ity, let them in­tel­li­gently look at the economics. This out­dated policy is rip­ping us off for mil­lions.

John Car­roll, Jolimont

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