Brisbane company paid $1.4bn to run offshore processing on Nauru despite no arrivals since 2014

Brisbane company paid $1.4bn to run offshore processing on Nauru despite no arrivals since 2014

The Guardian

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Contract awarded to Canstruct has been amended six times, escalating cost to taxpayers by more than 17,600%

A single company running Australia’s offshore processing regime on Nauru has been paid more than than $1.4bn over the past five years, with an additional $221m added two months ago, despite no new asylum seeker arrivals on the island since 2014, and a steadily diminishing number of people it is responsible for.

The original contract awarded to Canstruct was worth just $8m in October 2017 but this was amended almost immediately – increased by 4,500% to $385m just a month after being signed.

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