According to a question taken on notice by a Senate committee in February, the Government spent $1.7 million in charter flights to and from Christmas Island in the months between October 2 and February 28.If you are so keen on coming here, why haven't you learned English? It's not like it's a rare language, only spoken in the highlands of some backward fleapit.
Over the same period, $6500 a day was spent on detention service providers, about $9945 a day on interpreters and $7850 a day on immigration staff costs and allowances.
If you want to live here, and you don't speaka the lingo, you can pay for the interpreters. That might act as a small incentive to make an effort to pick up the language. As for the illegals, if they can afford to pay for the ferryboat ride across from Indo, they can afford to pay for the 'terps.