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Paladin: PNG PM calls for briefing, as Labor refers $423m contract to auditor general

Peter O’Neill says he would welcome an investigation by Australian authorities, as Labor cites ‘significant concerns’ with the contractThe Papua New Guinea prime minister, Peter O’Neill, has requested a full briefing on the Paladin affair and said he would “welcome any investigation by Australian authorities”.O’Neill, speaking to local media overnight, said PNG had nothing to do with awarding the Paladin contract and gave no input to the Australian government’s decision. Continue reading...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, PNG, Paladin, O'Neill, Peter O'Neill


Labor refers Paladin to auditor general over controversial $423m contract

Shayne Neumann requests audit after home affairs secretary reveals the ‘urgent circumstances’ that gave rise to the closed tender processLabor has referred $423m of contracts controversially awarded to Paladin companies for security in Papua New Guinea to the auditor general, citing “significant concerns” with the companies.After home affairs testimony in Senate estimates on Tuesday revealed the “urgent circumstances” that gave rise to the closed tender process, Labor’s immigration spokesman, Sh...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Labor party, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Shayne Neumann


Michaelia Cash's AWU legal bill up to $288,000, attorney general's office says – politics live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 7.00am GMT Attorney general's dept officials say Michaelia Cash's legal bill for the AWU raid matter is up to $288,000. That's taxpayer funded. #auspol #estimates 6.57am GMT Rachel Siewert said evidence from an estimates hearing today has shown a “significant increase” in Administrative Appeals Tribunal cases regarding Centrelink.S...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Administrative Appeals Tribunal, Great Australian Bight, Sarah Hanson-Young


Labor demands investigation into ministers Cash and Keenan over AFP raid on AWU – politics live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 5.12am GMT The Australian Financial Review has tracked down the Paladin office.From the Tom McIlroy, Jonathan Shapiro, Angus Grigg and Lisa Murray report:Paladin, the security firm at the centre of the $423 million contract scandalhas a secret office in Canberra, just three kilometres from Parliament House.The Australian Financial Revi...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Canberra, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Afp, Australian Financial Review


Labor calls on PM to schedule more sitting weeks before election – question time live

Earlier Mathias Cormann admitted he books holidays by calling CEO of travel company, who is also Liberal party treasurer, directly. All the day’s events live 4.14am GMT Scott Morrison ends question time. With only a handful of mentions of the chum bucket. 4.13am GMT Bob Katter has just walked into question time.He is addressing his fellow crossbenchers. It looks like they are getting Bobsplained, given their expressions. Continue reading...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Bob Katter, Great Australian Bight, Sarah Hanson-Young


Mathias Cormann says he books holidays by calling travel company CEO directly – politics live

Finance minister says he has ‘close relationship’ with Helloworld boss Andrew Burnes, who is also Liberal party treasurer. All the day’s events live 3.13am GMT Chris Bowen to Scott Morrison:A mother of two told the royal commission that, after being knocked back for a car loan by eight different lenders, a car dealership offered her a loan despite her small income and big credit-card debt. She was sold a lemon, fell behind in her payments, and Westpac found that she never should have been g...
Tags: Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Liberal, Peter Dutton, Westpac, Chris Bowen, Great Australian Bight


Sick refugees on Manus and Nauru to be sent to Christmas Island not mainland

Revelation by head of home affairs department comes as Nauru bans medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail new medevac lawsSick people from Manus Island and Nauru will be sent to Christmas Island, not the mainland, under new medevac laws, the head of the home affairs department has revealed.The Nauru government has also passed laws banning medical transfers based on telehealth assessments, threatening to derail the system and potentially breaking international law...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Greens, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Christmas Island, Manus Island, Médecins Sans Frontières, Adam Bandt


Mathias Cormann reveals he books holiday flights through travel company CEO – politics live

Finance minister under scrutiny as he says he has direct line to Helloworld boss Andrew Burnes who is also Liberal party treasurer. All the day’s events live 1.14am GMT Labor’s decision to release three private member’s bills on banking reform is designed to step up pressure on Scott Morrison and the crossbench to recall parliament for extra weeks in March.Without some more crossbench support from the likes of Bob Katter and Andrew Wilkie Labor lacks numbers to suspend standing orders to in...
Tags: Labor, Australia, Environment, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Queensland, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Nauru, Liberal party, Parliament, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison


'No idea': Mathias Cormann faces questions over family travel – politics live

The finance minister is under the microscope over a trip initially paid for by a travel company that won a $1bn contract with his department. All the days events, live 10.16pm GMT The Valedictories keep coming. Really brings home how little sitting days there are left until the election is called. Tomorrow I will be giving my Valedictory in the Parliament at 4:10PM (3:10PM in QLD). This is an end of an era. Here are some highlights before tomorrow’s speech. Tune in tomorrow here https://t.co...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Australian Greens, Liberal party, Parliament, Mathias Cormann, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Neil Mitchell, Valedictories


Paladin controversy prompts renewed scrutiny of $591m Nauru deal

Brisbane firm Canstruct had limited experience running garrison and welfare services when it bid for Nauru contractlegalled okControversy surrounding the awarding of a $423m Manus Island contract to the security contractor Paladin has prompted new scrutiny of a second major $591m deal to run the Nauru detention centre.The home affairs department used a limited tender process with only one bidder to pick relatively obscure companies in both major contracts. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Brisbane, Nauru, Liberal party, Manus Island, Paladin, Canstruct


Human error and outdated IT led to Hakeem al-Araibi's detention, says border force official

Australian Border Force boss Michael Outram admits it was within his own organisation ‘where the process broke down’An individual border force officer forgetting to send an email likely led to the refugee Hakeem al-Araibi spending almost three months in a Thai prison fighting off Bahraini attempts to have him extradited.The head of the Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, told Senate estimates it was within his own organisation “where the process broke down” and al-Araibi was allowed to boar...
Tags: Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Refugees, Bahrain, Border Force, Australian Border Force, Michael Outram, Hakeem al-Araibi, Al Araibi


Home affairs denies it was 'desperate' when $423m Manus Island contract awarded

Mike Pezzullo admits department faced ‘urgent’ circumstances when deal done with little known firm PaladinThe head of the department of home affairs concedes bureaucrats awarded a controversial $423m contract to Paladin to provide services on Manus Island because of an “urgent” set of circumstances, but Mike Pezzullo denies he was “desperate”.Officials from the home affairs department told estimates on Monday they were, in essence, forced to conduct a closed tender process for the contract becau...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Peter Dutton, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Paladin, Mike Pezzullo


Neighbourhood bully: Australia views Asia through the wrong end of the telescope | George Megalogenis

Will rookie PMs and our domestic political circus cause Australia lasting damage in the Asian century?“We do not claim to be Asian.” This provocative statement defined John Howard’s first overseas trip as prime minister in September 1996. He meant no offence to his host, Indonesian president Suharto, and none was taken. In fact, the comment generated little discussion at the time because it was self-evidently true. Australia’s ethnic face was Anglo-European. Barely 5% of our population was born ...
Tags: Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Coalition, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, Labor party, Julia Gillard, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, John Howard, Kevin Rudd


Coalition argues future Labor government could 'soften' rules on medevac

Comments come as Scott Morrison releases video he says is aimed at discouraging asylum seekersThe prospect of a Labor government applying new rules for medical transfers to asylum seekers who arrive in future is “no less real” than the medevac bill which passed parliament over government objections, the Coalition has argued.The attorney general, Christian Porter, made the comments on ABC’s Insiders on Sunday as Scott Morrison released a video he says is aimed at discouraging asylum seekers overs...
Tags: Labor, Abc, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Manus Island, Christian Porter, News Corp Australia Continue


Labor issues please explain over Paladin’s $420m Manus contract

Penny Wong says it’s ‘deeply concerning’ a company with ‘such a poor track record’ was awarded a lucrative sum through closed tenderPenny Wong has indicated Labor will target the Paladin offshore detention security contract in Senate estimates this week, accusing the government of failing to explain why the company was awarded $420m in contracts through closed tender.The Australian Financial Review has reported that Paladin Group’s $420m of contracts to provide security to refugees on Manus Isla...
Tags: Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, South Australia, Peter Dutton, Papua New Guinea, Manus Island, Penny Wong


Refugees in Indonesia say few would risk a boat ride to Australia

Scott Morrison’s claims that medevac bill will restart flow of boats is not seen as credible by those stuck in asylum seeker limbo in Indonesia“I don’t think it will be like before,” 21-year-old Hussain Badavi says, as he contemplates the idea of taking a boat to Australia – something the young Iranian refugee tried once but failed.“In 2012-2013 it was around $3,000 to take a boat. Maybe it’s double now,” he guesses, “Only a few people have that money now.” Continue reading...
Tags: Indonesia, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Scott Morrison, Hussain Badavi


Government attempting to deport Indigenous man to New Zealand

Tim Galvin, who left New Zealand with his Aboriginal mother when he was two, has been placed in detentionThe Australian government is attempting to deport another Indigenous man to New Zealand, despite him having no ties to the country where he was born while his parents were visiting the country more than 30 years ago.Tim Galvin’s mother and three brothers are Australian-born citizens, and his father is a UK-born citizen. His mother has signed a statutory declaration stating she is of Aborigina...
Tags: UK, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, New Zealand, Indigenous Australians, Galvin, Tim Galvin


Scott Morrison says people smugglers will ‘have a crack’ if Labor is elected

Bill Shorten dismisses PM’s comments, saying it’s possible to have strong borders and treat people humanely The prime minister, Scott Morrison, has sent out a fresh message on border security, saying “people smugglers know they won’t get through me and Peter Dutton” but would “have a crack” if Bill Shorten became prime minister.Morrison said the government had “increased the strength, resource and capability again of Operation Sovereign Borders” after the asylum seeker medevac legislation passed...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Coalition, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Tasmania, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Morrison


Pakistan intervenes in case of man facing deportation from Australia

High commission urges early redress for Nauroze Anees, citing his ‘uncomfortably prolonged detention’ Pakistan’s high commission has called for early redress for one of its citizens held in “overstretched and uncomfortably prolonged detention” in Australia’s onshore immigration facilities.The man, a 32-year-old who arrived in 2007 on a student visa, has been refused ministerial intervention in his case, despite acting as the primary carer for his partner. He is among the growing cohort of people...
Tags: Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Migration, Pakistan, Australian politics, Perth, Nauroze Anees


Without facts, we slide into Trumpism. The truth matters here | Katharine Murphy

It may be risky for Labor to open up a point of difference on asylum seekers – but it’s time to call out self-serving bullshitOn a frantic parliamentary night in late August 2001, all bedlam and trilling division bells, I called in, as I did most nights as the Canberra chief of staff at the Australian Financial Review, to page one conference in Sydney.I relayed the news that Kim Beazley had announced Labor would vote against retrospective legislation proposed by John Howard giving his government...
Tags: Labor, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Sydney, Canberra, Scott Morrison, John Howard, Tampa, Sas, Australian Financial Review, Kim Beazley, Katharine Murphy


Nauru, Manus and why we need the medevac bill – Australian politics live podcast

As the government continues to frame the passing of the medical evacuation bill as a national security issue, we look at why this legislation is needed to save lives on Nauru and Manus Island. Kon Karapanagiotidis, chief executive of the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre, and Kerryn Phelps, MP for Wentworth, join us to talk about the desperate situation in offshore immigration detention and the details of the legislationCoalition launches sonic boom on border protectionNine facts about the medical e...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Migration, Refugees, Nauru, Manus Island, Wentworth, Kerryn Phelps, Nauru Manus, Manus Island Kon Karapanagiotidis, Asylum Seeker Resource Centre


Hakeem al-Araibi: power, politics, football and the will of the people

The footballer’s plight crossed lines of international diplomacy, human rights, the Arab Spring, sport and domestic politics Before Hakeem al-Araibi walked into Melbourne airport’s arrivals area, into the hordes of waiting media and supporters, he stopped in the duty free shop to buy his wife some perfume.It had been 77 days since they’d been alone together. Seventy-seven days since their planned honeymoon to Thailand’s beaches was stopped before it began, as Thai authorities met the couple as t...
Tags: Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Thailand, Asia Pacific, Melbourne, Bahrain, Bangkok, Interpol, Hakeem al-Araibi


PM pushes off medevac loss by launching a sonic boom on border protection | Katharine Murphy

We’re now so far down the truthy tunnel, we’ll require a map, a floodlight and some grappling hooks to find our way backWe can start with a statement of the obvious. Governing is about choices.Scott Morrison has made a number of significant choices over the past few days. Continue reading...
Tags: Australia news, US news, Australian immigration and asylum, Asia Pacific, Australian politics, Nauru, Scott Morrison, Donald Trump, Christmas Island, Manus Island, Katharine Murphy


Labor starts fightback on border security as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – as it happened

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. This blog has now closed. Michael Keenan’s office drawn into AWU police raid controversyLabor pushes to refer Tim Wilson to privileges committeeCoalition to reopen Christmas Island detention centre as Senate passes refugee transfer bill 7.30am GMT That is where we will leave you today. It’s been a big week and after the last few days, I think we all need a bex and a lie dow...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Australian trade unions, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island


High court rejects attempt to challenge Australia's indefinite detention regime

Plaintiff’s lawyers wanted to suspend case after argument about his identity came unstuck in Canberra high court The high court has rejected an attempt to reopen a controversial ruling which effectively enabled indefinite immigration detention in Australia.The full bench in Canberra took the highly unusual step of delivering an immediate judgement, after a tumultuous day which saw the plaintiff’s lawyers seek to stop them hearing the case and have it sent back to a single judge for reassessment....
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Morocco, Algeria, Canberra


Labor starts fightback on border security as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – politics live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 5.18am GMT It looks like the government’s big stick energy legislation is coming up for debate tomorrow – and it is possible the Greens have the numbers for an amendment which would stop the government from being able to underwrite funding for coal projects.If it comes off, that would be another defeat. If it comes off. 5.09am GMT Peter Dutton...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Greens


Stateless man's court challenge to Australia's indefinite detention goes ahead

Plaintiff’s lawyers wanted to suspend case after argument about his identity came unstuck in Canberra high court A high court case seeking to challenge indefinite detention will continue despite attempts by the plaintiff’s lawyers to have it referred back to a single judge after their arguments on his statelessness appeared to come unstuck under questioning.The case was brought on behalf of an allegedly stateless man, referred to in court as plaintiff M47, who has been held in immigration detent...
Tags: Australia, World news, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Morocco, Algeria, Canberra


Dutton calls Shorten 'reckless' as medical evacuation bill passes Senate – question time live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 4.11am GMT Scott Morrison calls time on question time. 4.09am GMT The Greens will introduce a motion calling for a Federal Royal Commission into the Murray Darling Basin plan later this afternoon, but the move is doomed to fail after Labor said it would not support a further inquiry.“We will soon have four extensive pieces of analysis in to th...
Tags: Health, Labor, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island


Coalition to reopen Christmas Island detention centre as Senate passes refugee transfer bill

Scott Morrison ramps up rhetoric on border protection and says Shorten will be responsible for any new boat arrivals • Nine facts about the medical evacuation billScott Morrison says the government will reopen the Christmas Island detention centre and reinforce border defences as the Senate on Wednesday followed the House and passed the medical evacuations bill.While ramping up the rhetoric, Morrison also declined to counter misleading claims about the practical impact of the new law, or even co...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, House, Coalition, Australian politics, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Christmas Island, Manus Island, Morrison


Medical evacuation bill passes the Senate by 36 votes to 34 – politics live

Labor, the Greens, Tim Storer, Derryn Hinch and the Centre Alliance vote in favour of the refugee transfer legislation. All the day’s events, live 12.11am GMT Strap in. All the gloves are off.The way @ScottMorrisonMP has behaved over the past 24 hours or so is beyond belief. He is happy to endorse lies, he has encouraged people smugglers to re-start their evil trade, and bullied journalists when they try to pull him up on it. Not fit to be PM of this country. #auspol 12.08am GMT Ayes: 36...
Tags: Health, Senate, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Coalition, Australian politics, Refugees, Australian Security And Counter-terrorism, Bill Shorten, Labor party, Nauru, Liberal party, Scott Morrison, Peter Dutton, Manus Island, Derryn Hinch