Refugee deal kept under wraps

SYDNEY – Australia’s government has refused a senate request for information on contractor services for refugees held on Papua new Guinea’s Manus Island.

According to the Guardian the government said it would “cause damage to Australia’s international relations with PNG” for the details of the offshore immigration regime to be made public.

The senate has been seeking some transparency over the contracts signed by the government with contractors on Manus such as Paladin, JDA Wokman and International Health and Medical Services.

Paladin’s contract has been the subject of controversy.

The security firm is earning $US57m ($F115m) for providing security on Manus Island for four months.

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