Mr Palmer says the federal government's position on not issuing visas to asylum seekers fleeing Indonesia fuelled the people smuggling trade.
Mr Palmer says the federal government's position on not issuing visas to asylum seekers fleeing Indonesia fuelled the people smuggling trade. Brett Wortman

Let asylum seekers fly in: Palmer

THE Australian government should allow asylum seekers to fly into Australia at one tenth of the cost of coming on people smugglers' boats, says billionaire Clive Palmer.

Mr Palmer says the federal government's position on not issuing visas to asylum seekers fleeing Indonesia fuelled the people smuggling trade.

The mining tycoon said the government should allow asylum seekers to pay their own plane fare into Australia.

"We can say 'you can buy a ticket if you believe you're a refugee and you can come to Australia in normal transport at one tenth the cost'," he told journalists at the Federal Liberal party conference in Melbourne on Saturday.

"The ones that get here, allow them to be processed; the ones that are not legitimate, send them back on the next flight."

Read more at news.com.au


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