Taxpayers funding Comm Games athletes still in Australia

IT’S been revealed more than 220 Commonwealth Games athletes and coaches remain in Australia after overstaying their visas, with taxpayers being left to foot the bill.

Hundreds of athletes, most of them from African nations, disappeared during and after the Games in April this year.

Of those who remain in the country, 220 have applied for protection visas, despite 194 of them already being rejected.


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According to The Courier Mail, all but ten of the athletes have applied to appeal the decision, meaning they could potentially remain in Australia for a number of years.

So far, more than $1 million has already been spent to house and feed the competitors, with legal bills to try and remove them also expected to skyrocket.

In May, the Australian Border Force confirmed they were establishing a “dedicated operation to ensure those that should depart Australia do so.”

“While the vast majority of individuals who came to Australia for the Commonwealth Games have already departed, the Australia Border Force is aware that some individuals have remained in Australia,” the ABF said.

“Some individuals have already applied for other visas. Those cases will be rigorously assessed in line with standard processes.

“For those who attempt to remain in the community without engaging with authorities, they should be aware that anyone in Australia without a valid visa will be subject to enforcement measures aimed at locating, detaining and removing them from Australia.”

Shanee is a full-time Digital Journalist and Social Media Content Producer. In 2014, Shanee graduated from Griffith University’s Gold Coast Campus with a Bachelor of Communications majoring in Journalism, Public Relations and Marketing. Since joining 1029 Hot Tomato, Shanee has been keeping you up to date with breaking news and everything Gold Coast on myGC. Shanee also writes and photographs for Peony & Page, a personal home, style and travel blog & Instagram alias she founded in 2015.

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We have 6 athletes living in Moe, they recieve free passes to the local Rec Center and at least two are working locally cash in hand. They don’t seem too hard done by judging by their iPhones and high quality training gear.
If you want to come to Australia, there are channels to follow, you can’t jump ship then get free passes into local Council facilities – but when you are cutting the hair of the ex-Mayor, I guess its who you know…

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As a deterance to others who would jump the queue at our expense, they should be deported with no possibility to migrate to Australia. Why should our country have to pay out millions to support them *and* pay lawyers to try to get rid of them as well. They were well enough thought of in their home countries that their governments paid for them to come here and compete. We don’t need to import more spongers: we have enough home grown ones