The federal government is spending $7.5 million on lifeboats to prevent asylum seekers reaching Australia, $5 million more than originally planned Fairfax Media has revealed.
Fairfax says the figure will emerge in Senate Estimates tomorrow, adding that the lifeboats are worth around $200,000 each, meaning the number used will rise from 12 to 37, with a number of other costs associated with Operation Sovereign Borders also rising, including nearly $42 million to extend contracts for patrols of the area.
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