The Courier-Mail

Se­cu­rity on the cheap

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“GOLD stan­dard” Aus­tralian se­cu­rity staff will have to ac­cept a 60 per cent pay cut to keep their jobs pro­tect­ing Aus­tralian diplo­mats in one of the world’s most dan­ger­ous cities – Kabul in Afghanista­n.

The Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade last week awarded a three-year con­tract to Bri­tish firm Aegis De­fence Ser­vices af­ter it un­der­cut the for­mer con­trac­tor Hart Se­cu­rity Aus­tralia with a three-year $72.3 mil­lion bid.

For the elite close per­sonal pro­tec­tors Aegis is of­fer­ing a pay rate of $394-a-day (taxed) com­pared to the $773-a-day (tax free) paid by Hart.

Less qual­i­fied static guards will take a big­ger pay cut.

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