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Australia defends lucrative PNG refugee contracts with obscure firm

February 18, 2019 2:19 pm Published by

SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian officials Monday (Feb 18) defended awarding lucrative contracts to an obscure firm with a beach shack as its registered office, saying they were in a hurry to find a company to provide services at Pacific refugee camps. The Singapore-registered Paladin Holdings was awarded more than A$420 million (S$407 million) - about… ...

Hakeem al-Araibi: AFP blames home affairs for lead-up to footballer’s arrest

February 18, 2019 2:17 pm Published by

The Australian federal police has blamed the Department of Home Affairs for the circumstances which led to the arrest and detention of Hakeem al-Araibiin Thailand. Under questioning at Senate estimates in Canberra on Monday, it was revealed home affairs took almost three weeks from when it first received Al-Araibi’s red notice to when it told the… ...

Spotlight on $423m Manus Island contract

February 18, 2019 2:08 pm Published by

Home Affairs officials have defended awarding a contentious $423 million Manus Island security contract to a little-known company called Paladin. Paladin, whose Australian arm is registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island, won the lucrative federal government contract through a restricted tender process The global company reportedly won the deal despite not having enough… ...

Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia

February 17, 2019 2:22 pm Published by

In the wake of the medevac legislation – allowing for those detained on Manus Island and Nauru to be transferred to Australia for medical treatment – the prime minister, Scott Morrison, has claimed the new measures will propel a fresh wave of asylum seeker boats on to Australian shores. But in Indonesia, where more than 13,000 asylum seekers and refugees… ...

Labor issues please explain over Paladin’s $420m Manus contract

February 17, 2019 2:21 pm Published by

Penny Wong has indicated Labor will target the Paladin offshore detention security contract in Senate estimates this week, accusing the government of failing to explain why the company was awarded $420m in contracts through closed tender. The Australian Financial Review has reported that Paladin Group’s $420m of contracts to provide security to refugees on Manus Island… ...

Ipsos poll: Support for Labor falls after clash over refugees and border security

February 17, 2019 2:21 pm Published by

Labor has suffered a sharp fall in popular support after a week of incendiary political claims over border protection, with the party leading the Coalition by 51% to 49% in its narrowest result in more than six months. Voters have shifted against Labor in significant numbers amid the escalating row over the refugee medical transfer… ...

‘You will not succeed’: Scott Morrison’s secret video to deter people smugglers

February 17, 2019 2:20 pm Published by

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has recorded a secret video targeted at people smugglers, warning that those willing to make the dangerous journey “will not succeed”. The two-minute video, recorded in Canberra late on Friday night, will be translated into 15 languages and aired in countries rife for asylum seekers including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and… ...

Refugee bill will help erode trust in democracy

February 16, 2019 2:23 pm Published by

Although it has been nearly 100 years since a government last lost a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives, in some ways the passing of a bill like the crossbench ‘Medivac’ one has been coming for some time. After all, the influence — and votes — of minor parties and independents have… ...