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Australia Offshore detention is set to cost Australians more than $1billion over the next three years as debate over medevac laws continues

23:51  02 december  2019
23:51  02 december  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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more than $ 1 billion over the next three years as debate over medevac laws continues Report was based on the 535 people who remain in offshore detention Debate over medevac laws is expected to continue on Tuesday New figures reveal offshore detention would cost taxpayers more than $ 1 billion over the

The government’s offshore detention policy will cost Australian taxpayers $ 1 .2 billion over the next three “Better and more affordable alternatives to indefinite and offshore mandatory detention exist, and The ASRC advocacy director, Jana Favero, said the last six years of offshore process has

a large building: New figures reveal offshore detention would cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next three years (Pictured: Detention centre on Manus Island)© Provided by Daily Mail New figures reveal offshore detention would cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next three years (Pictured: Detention centre on Manus Island) New figures reveal offshore detention would cost taxpayers more than $1 billion over the next three years, as debate around the government's medevac repeal bill continues.

A report released on Tuesday by Save the Children, GetUp and the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre breaks down the cost of offshore detention to $573,000 per offshore person, per year.

GetUp human rights director Shen Narayanasamy said the scheme was costly and should be put to an end.

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The Australian government has a policy and practice of detaining in immigration detention facilities Length of detention . In some cases, people have been held in detention for over 10 years More than 80 percent of these were found to be refugees by the Immigration Department, with some

Debate is set to continue on the repeal bill on Tuesday, with the Community Council of Australia chair and Baptist minister asking for Mr Costello told Senator Lambie repealing medevac wasn't worth the $ 1 .2 billion offshore detention has been reported to cost taxpayers over the last three years .

'The responsibility for this $1.2 billion cost sits squarely with this government's abject failure to resolve the offshore situation,' she said.

'Keeping people detained offshore indefinitely isn't just morally irresponsible, it makes no economic sense.'

The report, based on the 535 people who remain in offshore detention centres, comes as the Senate prepares to vote on whether medical evacuation laws should be repealed.

The medevac laws, passed against the government's wishes, give doctors a greater say in transferring refugees from offshore detention to Australia for medical treatment.

Debate around the legislation is expected to continue on Tuesday, after Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Monday met with Senator Jacqui Lambie.

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Three times more temporary immigrants. The other big change in Australian immigration policy has Over the past two decades or so temporary immigrants — international students, working holiday makers and Today temporary immigrants outnumber permanent immigrants more than three -fold.

So, on average Australians pay about $ 3 ,000 more than Americans a year . At 1 billion in 2016, the Peterson Foundation points out, this is more than the next eight countries combined. " Over 40 percent of income of cash benefits are paid to the bottom 20 percent of income earners in Australia

Peter Dutton wearing a suit and tie: Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is hoping to repeal the controversial medavac laws© Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton is hoping to repeal the controversial medavac laws She has offered to back the repeal bill on one condition but will not say what that is on national security grounds.

It is believed the condition could centre on the government accepting New Zealand's longstanding offer to resettle some asylum seekers in offshore detention.

Mr Morrison has ruled out changing the government's policy to not accept the deal.

Labor's home affairs spokeswoman Kristina Keneally urged the Senate to block the medevac repeal bill, saying the laws are working as intended.

'Denying people medical care is un-Australian. It is inhumane. It is uncompassionate,' she said.

Meanwhile, more than one third of asylum seekers and refugees currently on Papua New Guinea and Nauru have applied for transfer to Australia in a rush to get in before parliament repeals the bill, The Australian reports.

A total of 171 people had applied, with the applications in various stages of approval, the paper said on Monday.

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