An abandoned Oil Rig previously used by the Global Renewable Oil Corporation (GROC) has been offered to the federal government as a viable solution.
“The oil rig contains all the modern conveniences that one would expect in any respectable off-shore processing centre,” said Tate Cass from GROC.
“The only thing missing is a tall barbed wire fence, which may need to be installed to prevent asylum seekers from falling over the side.”
The Hermoso Feo is a fixed platform oil rig located 176 kilometres north of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
The location of the oil rig is said to be “ideal” as it is outside of Australian Waters and therefore asylum seekers are barred from the refugee status determination system that applies under the Migration Act.
On average, Australia receives around 0.6 per cent of the world’s asylum seekers.