Taxpayers charged $6 million for Immigration Department telemovie
The Immigration Department has made a $6 million telemovie to deter asylum seekers from coming to Australia – eclipsing the budgets of Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Castle and Wolf Creek combined.
The taxpayer-funded drama called The Journey made its debut on Afghanistan television on Friday.
Government tender documents reveal the Department of Immigration and Border protection paid the Sydney-based Put It Out There Pictures $4.34 million to produce the movie. It paid a company called #Lapis_Communications a further $1.63 million for to promote and advertise it, bringing the total to $5.97 million.