The Prime Minister is working inÂ deepest secrecy:Â
THE Federal Government is involved in multimillion-dollar negotiations toÂ use Christmas Island’s luxurious casino resort in its battle to house the rapidly growing number of asylum seekers and staffÂ required to care for them.
Â Lets hand it over! We need more mosques..!
Of course, none of this new wave of fake asylum seekers hasÂ anythingÂ to do with Islam or with KRudds open borders policy: we all know that there’sÂ Â “no such thing as an illegal human being” for this “caring, compassionate” Â LABOR perversion that is just as merciful as the Muhammedan Allah…
Brisbane Times/Tony Wright, Christmas Island and Yuko Narushima
THE Federal Government is involved in multimillion-dollar negotiations to use Christmas Island’s luxurious casino resort in its battle to house the rapidly growing number of asylum seekers and staff required to care for them.
There are now more than 720 asylum seekers and about 300 detention and related staff on the island, in effect doubling the tiny island’s permanent population of about 1100 and putting stress on accommodation.
The casino, on a cliff above the Indian Ocean, has been closed for 11 years, but once turned over $5 billion a year from high-rolling gamblers who flew by private jet to the island only 50 minutes from Jakarta.
The empty casino’s manager, Michael Asims, toldÂ The Ageyesterday that the owner, Sydney-based entrepreneur David Kwon, had been negotiating with the federal Department of Immigration for several weeks over using the facility to relieve overcrowding on the island due to the increase in boatloads of asylum seekers this year.
It is believed the resort would be used mainly for detention staff, immigration and customs officials and police, although Mr Asims would not rule out the possibility of asylum seekers occupying part of the casino.
The casino has 156 hotel rooms, fully furnished and air-conditioned â€” 52 of them are two-storey suites with ocean views. One of its two modern kitchens was leased by the government in 2002 to provide meals for asylum seekers.
Mr Asims said Mr Kwon was also negotiating over 12 blocks of apartments he owns at Poon Saan, on the island’s west coast.
Sources on Christmas Island said Mr Kwon wanted to sell the flats to the Immigration Department for $7 million, to house asylum seekers. Each of the 12 blocks has nine double-bedroom units and sea views. The sources said six blocks were usable, but required renovations estimated at $300,000. The other six blocks were so dilapidated they would need to be torn down, but would provide space for 40-50 single people in prefabricated dwellings.
Mr Kwon bought the 12 blocks of flats and the casino in 2002 for $5.7 million, although the casino alone cost more than $60 million to establish. Its biggest investor was Robby Sumampow, an associate of the family of then Indonesian president Suharto. It operated for five years before official disapproval of the gamblers’ flights from Jakarta stopped the money flow.
The latest boat arrived at Christmas Island on Monday with 194 people on board. They were taken to the detention centre in the jungle at North-West Point.
The asylum seekers on Christmas Island are housed at several sites apart from the detention centre, including an old construction camp, which is accommodating families, and a former mining camp at Phosphate Hill.
A spokesman for Immigration Minister Chris Evans said yesterday that the Immigration Department had discussed with property owners available accommodation on Christmas Island as part of the Government’s contingency plans for boat arrivals.
“The department has principally been investigating options to provide additional accommodation for staff on Christmas Island but no decisions have been made to date,” he said.