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The Economic Cost of Our Asylum Seeker Policy

By Sienna Merope Australia’s current mandatory detention policy not only breaches our legal and ethical obligations, it is also a colossal waste of money. Mandatory detention of what the Federal Government likes to call “Irregular Maritime Arrivals” was first introduced in 1989.  Under the policy, all asylum seekers who arrive by boat are put in […]