Australia is considering asking Greenpeace to pay the costs for consular support provided to the Arctic 30.
. . . Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said Australian taxpayers were entitled to ask why they should be covering the cost of assisting Australian activist Colin Russell to the tune of tens of thousands of dollars.
“It took a huge effort and a lot of money to get this guy out and the Australian taxpayer paid for it,” Ms Bishop said yesterday.
“If it is a deliberate strategy designed to provoke a response and potentially to risk breaking the laws of another country, the question of cost recovery does arise.” . .
There is a big difference between people requiring consular support through no fault of their own and those who deliberately court trouble.
It isn’t unreasonable to expect the latter to contribute to the costs incurred.