Taxpayers slugged $440,000 a month for empty detention centre

It’s been revealed during Senate Estimates that Labor spent more than $440,000 a month to maintain an empty detention centre in Tasmania after it was closed and Labor promised not to re-open it.

“The revelations that it’s cost taxpayers more than $4 million dollars to maintain the empty Pontville Detention Centre in Tasmania is yet another gross example of Labor wasting taxpayers’ money,” Senator Abetz said today.

“This waste however is only magnified by the revelation today that the Department has now finally bought the assets at the Pontville Detention Centre for $280,000 which is less than a month’s rent.”

“This is the cost of Labor’s policy bungling on a truly epic scale,” Senator Abetz said.

“We also learned today that taxpayers are forking out $120,000 a week to have the Antarctic Division’s A319 on standby sitting on the tarmac waiting to transport asylum seekers around the country.”

“Kerry Packer once famously said that an Alan Bond only comes along once in a lifetime, obviously he never came across Labor’s Border Protection Policy,” Senator Abetz said.

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Eric Abetz has been a Liberal Senator for Tasmania since 1994 and has served in a range of Leadership, Ministerial and Shadow Ministerial roles.

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