“As a result this $15 million waste of money will be used for just one month,” Senator Abetz said.

“Labor must explain this maladministration, the delays and the 15 changes to the plan, the initial rush and now the further delay which has resulted in this gross waste of taxpayers’ money.”

“Labor has broken its promise to the people of Tasmania.”

“It’s patently clear that they deliberately intend using both the Pontville and Northern Territory facilities to avoid being embarrassed by the failure of their asylum seeker policy.”

“Obviously the flood of arrivals has been so great they will now need both facilities,” Senator Abetz said.

“Labor needs to come clean and be honest with the people of Tasmania.”

Questions that need to be answered are:

1. When will the first intake for Pontville arrive?

2. When will the Centre close?

3. Why were Tasmanians promised that the Centre would be closed by October?

4. Has the Government changed its mind about the closing date, if so, when was that decision taken and why?

Eric Abetz, HERE

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