Cost blowouts on hori­zon

The Daily Telegraph (Sydney) - - Letters -

The peo­ple smug­glers in other coun­tries have thou­sands lin­ing up for the dan­ger­ous boat trip to Aus­tralia if the asy­lum-seeker trans­fer pol­icy is passed, which may hap­pen with the back­ing of Bill Shorten and the Greens.

Aus­tralia’s econ­omy will take a ma­jor hit if this comes to fruition, with trans­port costs, hos­pi­tal costs, ac­com­mo­da­tion costs, hous­ing costs, le­gal costs, wel­fare costs, and mil­i­tary costs set to in­crease to keep our navy at sea for longer pe­ri­ods, and the re­sult is an­other 10 years added to get­ting Aus­tralia’s bud­get back into a good shape.

There will be loss of life from drown­ings at sea and the wait­ing time for gen­uine refugees will again blow out.

Bill Shorten talks about his party’s border poli­cies be­ing as good as the cur­rent gov­ern­ment’s but if he votes for this change, it will show what they have planned for Aus­tralia if he wins the elec­tion — open bor­ders, more spend­ing, more debt and un­trace­able back­grounds on peo­ple be­ing let into Aus­tralia.

We need politi­cians who have com­mon sense. We have seen what can hap­pen by be­ing over­run by il­le­gal refugees in Europe and I just hope that Mr Shorten ex­er­cises com­mon sense on this is­sue. Wake up, Mr Shorten, this is bad pol­icy and you know it. Nigel, Five Dock

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