Despite an ongoing review, both the Australian and PNG governments have decided to extended Paladin’s contract on Manus Island.
A day after PNG’s Prime Minister James Marape called for the Paladin’s $423-millon contract to be axed, both Australian and Papua New Guinean governments have agreed to extend it.
Yesterday, Marape said that he wanted to push Manus Island away from foreign dominion, stating that “…we don’t intend for foreign security companies to engage in businesses including security.”
The Aus and #PNG Governments have agreed to a limited extension of the #Manus contracts to provide services to asylum seekers, before the PNG Gov takes over responsibility for service provision. No specific time frames given yet on transition or contract extensions. #auspol
— Natalie Whiting (@Nat_Whiting) June 26, 2019
Regarding our involvement, the Australian government was due to discuss a contract extension by the end of the week. Labor’s Kristina Keneally has called for Peter Dutton to release the findings of a review of Manus Island, desperate to know whether the contract it is returning “value for money”. So much for pathos.
.@KKeneally: @PeterDutton_MP needs to release the EY report that would demonstrate if Paladin is delivering value for money & if it’s delivering the correct services. If Paladin is doing that then the govt would have no problem releasing the report. MORE: https://t.co/kVVKpyUAoK pic.twitter.com/f94o1K7zHU
— Sky News Australia (@SkyNewsAust) June 25, 2019