Paige Taylor; 3/3/10
It is not the influx of asylum-seekers on Christmas Island that Andrew Gooley has grown to resent. Rather, it’s the cashed-up immigration workers who squeeze themselves on to the tiny Australian territory and push up costs. Mr Gooley, his wife and two children will be kicked out of their rented apartment on April 13 because the new owner plans to let the property to immigration workers and service providers. After a boatload of asylum-seekers was detected close to Christmas Island on Sunday, Mr Gooley let fly at his local member, Labor MP Warren Snowdon. The national park gardener, who earns about $60,000 a year rehabilitating mined rainforests, said the only available unit was a flat for $550 a week, $250 a week more than he currently pays.