Has anyone else noticed that our budget-conscious government never hands out millions of dollars for no reason (unless it is to the coal industry)?
So how can our government’s agreement to pay 70 million dollars compensation to the detainees of Manus Island (and another 20 million to the lawyers that represented them) be anything other than an admission of guilt and mistreatment?
What is it the government doesn’t want to come out in court (please don’t insult my intelligence and try and tell me it is a national security issue either)?
This is not the first costly compensation claim the government has agreed to in relation to our offshore detention policy that is not only inhumane, but also ridiculously expensive. Even aside from the millions that Dutton spends on spin doctors and the compensation paid to Save the Children Australia workers after they were slandered by Scott Morrison, ABC News reports there have been dozens more compensation claims settled out of court by the Australian Immigration Department in the last few years.
Why isn’t this colossal incompetence more concerning to us?
And why, if our government is prepared to continue paying compensation, are these poor people still on the bloody island?