Source AAP November 19th 2012
GROSS incompetence in protecting Australia’s borders has led the government to ask taxpayers for an extra $1.67 billion, a Liberal senator has told parliament.
Michaelia Cash was speaking during debate on legislation that provides the government with funds to process on Nauru and Manus Island in Papua New Guinea asylum seekers who arrive by boat.
“They have destroyed Australia’s very strong border protection regime and are now continuing to plunder the pockets of (the) Australian public so they can continue to pay for their political ineptitude,” she told the chamber on Monday.
Since Labor dismantled the coalition’s border protection policies in 2008, 358 boats and 22,519 suspected asylum seekers had arrived in Australia waters.
“The reality is that if the Labor Party had just left the former Howard government’s policies intact we wouldn’t be having this debate today,” Senator Cash said.