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Costly Asylum

A PLO Arab asylum-seeker, who escaped persecution to come to Australia, is costing Australian taxpayers $23,000 a day. And it wasn’t the big, bad Israelis who persecuted him.

The Australian Federal Court failed this weekend to resolve the fate of Aladdin Sisalem, a palestinian asylum-seeker from Kuwait who is the only inmate of an Australian Government-funded detention center on Manus Island, north of Papua New Guinea. He is costing taxpayers $23,000 a day.

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Sisalem has spent six months as the only inmate on Manus. The last of the other 1000 or so asylum seekers at the facility left in July after their asylum applications were either rejected or accepted. He was flown to the island in December 2003, after seeking asylum on Australia’s Thursday Island, on the ground that he was being persecuted in Kuwait.

It is good to know that while his Arab brothers are not looking after him, the Australian government is.

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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