Detention centres on Christmas Island could soon be swimming in rubbish, thanks to a local council ban on garbage collection at Department of Immigration facilities.
The Shire of Christmas Island claims the department owes $434,000 in unpaid rates and the council is refusing to collect any rubbish until the dues are handed over. Rubbish at the isl-and's three major detention centres has now gone uncollected for two days and is piling up in the steaming Christmas Island heat.
Christmas Island Shire president Gordon Thomson said the Immigration Department had first argued it did not have to pay the money, then said the money was on its way.
So far it has not appeared.
Asked if the mounting rubbish at detention centres was beginning to smell, Mr Thomson replied: "It's the tropics mate."
There are about 2000 asylum seekers being held in Christmas Island detention camps.
_The West Australian _can also reveal another asylum vessel arrived at Christmas Island on Sunday - the second to arrive since Indonesia declared it would halt all co-operation with Australia on people smuggling.
It is understood the vessel, intercepted just north of Christmas Island, was carrying about 30 people.
Indonesia has threatened to turn a blind eye to all people smuggling operations until Australia signs up to a new spying code of conduct.
Polling done by UMR Research in the past week found that a majority of respondents disapproved of Australian spy agencies tapping the mobile phone of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
While 37 per cent approved of the tapping, 44 per cent were against it.
The poll of 1000 people found even less support for the monitoring of the President's wife's phone, with 66 per cent expressing disapproval compared with 21 per cent support.
UMR found that 46 per cent said Prime Minister Tony Abbott should apologise to Dr Yudhoyono, compared with 41 per cent who were against an apology.
The Government says its border protection regime has given authorities the upper hand over people smugglers.