Paladin to have its security contract temporarily extended

Paladin to have its security contract temporarily extended

Paladin Solutions will have its Manus Island security contract temporarily extended by the Australian Government in a new agreement struck with the Papua New Guinean Government.

The group, which oversees security on the offshore detention centre on Manus Island, have had their $20-million a month contract extended for a further 12 months.

However, it is expected to only last until the end of the year.

After that period, a PNG company will operate security at Manus Island instead.

In a collective statement between the Department of Home Affairs and PNG’s Immigration and Citizen Authority, both countries agreed to extend the contract and said Australia will “work with PNG to transition to new service providers within the quickest possible time”.

PNG officials revealed earlier this month they did not want Paladin’s contract renewed and instead sought an open tender process with strong consideration of local companies.

Paladin Solutions have been operating at Manus Island since it was awarded the contract by the Department of Home Affairs in 2017.

However, they have received intense public scrutiny since securing the contract largely because the Australian arm of the company was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island until earlier this year.

Additionally, in February, staff who worked at Manus Island for Paladin walked off the job claiming they had been overworked and underpaid.

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