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 money to start the contract and its founder having a history of bad debts.
Home Affairs secretary Michael Pezzullo said his department needed to "move quickly" to fill the contract after a detention centre on Manus Island shut down in October 2017.
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