Controversy over shipwreck funerals
“This is a Government whose failed border protection policies have increased the cost of asylum seeker management by more than seven-fold in just the last three years,” he added.
“They need to understand the value of taxpayers’ dollars in this area.”
Mr Morrison says despite running the risk of being seen as heartless, he thinks the expense is unreasonable.
“Are you suggesting that when Australians have to travel around the country to go to the funerals of their loved ones that somehow they should also be getting this treatment?” he said. Â (ABC News)
Opposition attacks public funding of flights for families attending boatpeople funerals
“It’s not possible, it’s not realistic (to expect them to pay),” Refugee Council of Australia spokeswoman Sophie Peer said. Â The Australian
LIBERAL Scott Morrison says taxpayers should not pay funeral travel expenses for relatives of asylum seekers drowned off Christmas Island.
Twenty-one relatives of the asylum seekers who died in the incident last December received payments to attend funerals in Sydney.Â Mr Morrison was backed by Opposition Leader Tony Abbott, who said it was a fair point to question the spending, which was “curious”.
Other Coalition figures, including Nationals Senator Fiona Nash, said asylum seekers should not be paid to attend family funerals. Â (Courier Mail)
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