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AustraliaLabor questions Paladin contract extension

06:01  17 june  2019
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Paladin , whose Australian arm was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island until recently, won the lucrative federal government contract Labor 's immigration spokesman Shayne Neumann has asked the Australian National Audit Office to launch an urgent investigation into the contract .

Labor questions Paladin contract extension© AAP Senior Labor frontbencher Anthony Albanese believes his seat is under threat from a Greens preference deal with the Liberals. The opposition intends to pursue the Morrison government over a security contract on Papua New Guinea's Manus Island to ensure taxpayers are getting value for money.

Labor leader Anthony Albanese says it's extraordinary the Home Affairs department is about to renew the multi-million dollar contract that was controversially awarded to a small company in a closed tender process.

Paladin's contract for garrison services at the immigration centres on Manus Island runs out at the end of June, but Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton says it is likely to be continued.

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Mr Albanese said this was an extraordinary statement given contract negotiations were supposed to be ongoing.

"How's that for negotiation on behalf of Australian taxpayers on the part of Peter Dutton?" he told reporters in Darwin on Monday.

"The concern here is that when taxpayers' money is being used we should expect the government to be ensuring that there is value for money."

Labor will pursue that question in parliament.

The little-known company, whose Australian arm was registered to a beach shack on Kangaroo Island until earlier this year, was awarded the contract in 2017 through a closed tender process.

The auditor-general is now examining whether Home Affairs appropriately managed the procurement process when it chose Paladin, but the report isn't expected to be tabled until January.

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Estimates continues, plus party room meetings, plus question time it never ends. A spokesperson for Peter Dutton says on the issue of whether there was a relative of Dutton’s working for Paladin (following on from Derryn Hinch’s question which Murph updated you on just a short time ago), the

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The company has rejected suggestions of misconduct or corruption over the contract.

Home Affairs boss Michael Pezzullo told senators in February he would have preferred to have held a long, open tender process back in 2017 but the department had to move quickly after the PNG government pulled out of a plan to take on responsibility for services at the centres.

Now the PNG government is saying it wants a transparent tender process and would like more local involvement.

"(PNG companies) now have the capacity and expertise to do the job and should be given the opportunity to participate," the country's Immigration Minister Petrus Thomas told the ABC on Monday.

Back in 2017, Mr Thomas flagged concerns about Paladin flying in Fijian workers to run the immigration facilities.

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