I wrote: “Of course the appellant process is free to the illegal immigrants but not to we taxpayers because the Government wears the cost of legal aid. Seven and a half million bucks worth, so far.”
Some comments suggested the cost was reported at $28 million. The $7.5 million I referred to was the cost of legal aid only.
The suggested $28 million figure is correct but included the cost of litigation settlements awarded to illegal immigrants for stress resulting in claimed mistreatment and sewn lips etc.
The Gillard Government had instructed Labor lawyers that all claims be settled prior to any hearing for fear of creating excessive case-law precedents.
Some “out of court” settlements have exceeded $200,000.