The Economics of Australia’s Asylum Seeker Policy and The Tasmanian Alternative

Offshore detention costs taxpayers $3,744 per asylum seeker per day: Churches call on Joe Hockey to stop writing a blank cheque for cruelty!

Figures released today update the Taskforce’s budget submission, and show that the cost of keeping people in offshore detention centres = $3744 per day.

If Treasurer Joe Hockey is serious about slashing the budget deficit, he will reap more than $3 billion dollars in savings by persuading his Cabinet colleagues to stop sending asylum seekers to offshore detention camps.

In its pre-budget submission to the Treasurer, the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce calls for an end to the “needless waste” of offshore detention and for the Government to explore much less costly onshore solutions. The Taskforce estimated that in January, our spending on detention offshore had equated t0 1.3milion per asylum seeker per year.

Read the full press release in PDF format.

Available for interview: Father Peter Catt, Chair of the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce and Dean of the Anglican Cathedral in Brisbane.

Executive Officer, Misha Coleman, 0428 399 749

Taskforce’s Pre-Budget Policy Submission

The Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce’s Pre-Budget Policy Submission advocates for an urgent and comprehensive review of all spending related to asylum seekers and an end to the needless waste of offshore detention and work rights for asylum seekers.

Download the full document here.