A rust-riddled oil vessel anchored in the Timor Sea has cost Australian taxpayers $86 million since February 2020, and independent Senator Rex Patrick believes the final price tag for its clean-up could spiral to $1 billion.
- Rex Patrick says the government should never have taken responsibility for the Northern Endeavour
- Costs are spiralling out of control and the Commonwealth is being sued by a creditor of its former owner
- Senator Patrick says the government would have been better off paying the former owner to deal with the issue
“This is a government bungle that will make the Leppington Triangle saga look like pocket money,” Senator Patrick said.
“There are just so many strange aspects to this particular saga … it warrants…