The Courier-Mail

De­ten­tion cen­tre cops bad re­port card


Mr Hey­don is a le­gal mind of im­pec­ca­ble cre­den­tials and vast ex­pe­ri­ence. He has made the right de­ci­sion to con­tinue with his work. THE Nauru immigratio­n de­ten­tion cen­tre has been given a p poor re­port card, on the same day op­er­a­tor Trans­field Ser­vices an­nounced it was ex­pected to have its con­tract re­newed.

The com­pany has a $1.2 bil­lion con­tract to run de­ten­tion cen­tres at Nauru (pic­tured) and Manus Is­land, in Pa­pua New Guinea, which ex­pires at the end of Oc­to­ber, along with that of sub-con­trac­tor Wil­son Se­cu­rity.

In a state­ment to the Aus­tralian Stock Ex­change yesterday, Trans­field said the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment had cho­sen it as the pre­ferred ten­derer for both off­shore cen­tres.

But a Se­nate in­quiry re­port was scathing of the com­pany’s track record on Nauru, say­ing it ap­peared the cen­tre was not run well. Nor were both com­pa­nies ac­count­able to the Fed­eral Gov­ern­ment de­spite the sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment.

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