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Last week, the Papua New Guinea Government made the decision to close the Manus Island detention centre, after the PNG Supreme Court ruled that the facility was in breach of the Constitution.

The Australian Government is now working out where to place the 800 detainees who remain at the centre.

The Spanish conglomerate that’s about to take over responsibility for running the facility—as well as the one on Nauru—says in the future, it wants to get out of the business entirely.

The company, Ferrovial, succeeded last week in a takeover bid for the current contract holder Broadspectrum. Activist groups have lobbied Broadspectrum shareholders to divest from the company because of its role in offshore detention.

Shen Narayanasamy, Executive Director of the group, No Business in Abuse says ‘from Ferrovial’s perspective, to be complacent in the abuse of women and children is an enormous risk’.

By | 2018-01-04T16:13:42+10:00 May 5th, 2016|Front - Campaigns, No Business in Abuse|

Disrupting The Supply Chains Of Mandatory Detention

From New Matilda By Matthew Kiem. The inspiring tale of activism that forced a major super fund to ditch a company in the misery business. The persistent pressure on HESTA to divest from Transfield Services Pty Ltd has landed a huge blow against the biggest contractor in the Australian detention industry. Read the full story.

By | 2015-11-17T14:41:05+10:00 September 8th, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, No Business in Abuse|

‘Hell exists and it’s on Nauru’: Priest angers Transfield over asylum seeker church signs

From the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. By Joanne McCarthy. Transfield chairwoman Diane Smith-Gander has asked to meet with Newcastle Anglican Bishop Greg Thompson about the priest who won’t stop talking about Jesus, morals and asylum seekers. Father Rod Bower’s sign “Hesta Divests Transfield. Good on ya!” outside his Gosford church on August 18 after the superannuation fund divested its Transfield shares, and a tweet saying “Don’t invest in evil”, led to a call from Transfield and a request for a meeting. Read the full story.

By | 2015-11-17T14:40:44+10:00 September 3rd, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, No Business in Abuse|

PRESS RELEASE: Transfield awarded yet another 5 years to mis-manage offshore detention centres.

AUGUST 31, 2015: Vice-Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, Sister Brigid Arthur, said today “it’s inconceivable that despite the abuses which have been inflicted on helpless people on Nauru and Manus Island, that the operator of those facilities, Transfield Services, has been awarded another 5 years to inflict even more harm”.

As a regular visitor to mainland detention centres, Sister Brigid Arthur works with women and children who have experienced sexual assault on Nauru. She said that “this company was paid $1.2 billion by Australian taxpayers to manage these gulags on Manus Island and Nauru. Transfield AND their sub-contractors should have been punished by their poor performance, not rewarded!”

Misha Coleman, Executive Officer of the Taskforce, said “now the spotlight will really be on those investors – superannuation funds, mums and dads – who hold shares in Transfield Services.”

She said that Transfield were awarded the contracts the first time around in an uncompetitive process, which the Government of the day justified due to the hasty decision to re-open Nauru and Manus Island and the political need to get them up and running ‘overnight’.

This time around, Coleman said “there was enough time to run the competitive process with full due diligence being applied to competing companies.  We’ve had so many inquiries including the Government’s Moss Review, which document a plethora of poor management procedures in Transfield’s Nauru centre, and which have led to the systematic sexual abuse of women and children. Most of this abuse goes largely unprosecuted and unpunished. Surely some of these poor performance issues should have found their way into the judging and scoring for this new round of contracts?”

In evidence given to the Senate Inquiry into recent sexual abuse legislation on Nauru, many submitters talked about the way the toilet areas have become dangerous places where sexual assaults often occur. Coleman said that “the Australian Churches Refugee Taskforce will be calling on the government, and Transfield Services, to introduce basic safeguards – such as functioning and safe toilet facilities – into the contracts before they are signed by both parties. Surely that’s the least we can expect from a billion dollar deal.”

Further comment available from:
Misha Coleman, Executive Officer, Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, 0428 399 739.
Sister Brigid Arthur, Vice Chair of the Australian Churches’ Refugee Taskforce, 0408 101 134

By | 2015-11-17T14:37:42+10:00 August 31st, 2015|Front - News, Latest News, No Business in Abuse, Press Releases|

Transfield Services aims to send fund managers to Nauru and Manus

1440669084135From the Sydney Morning Herald By Jenny Wiggins and Sally Rose. Some of Australia’s top fund managers may get guided tours of asylum-seeker detention centres on Nauru and Papua New Guinea’s Manus Island under a plan by Transfield Services to assure industry superannuation funds that it is not committing human rights abuses. Transfield expects the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to renew a $2.2 billion contract providing operational, maintenance and welfare support ­services for detention centres on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea and Nauru… Read the full story.

By | 2018-01-04T16:13:49+10:00 August 28th, 2015|No Business in Abuse|

Transfield in the heart of hot debate on ethical investment

1440467331849From the SYDNEY MORNING HERALD. By Sally Rose. Two of Australia’s biggest superannuation funds have dumped shares in Transfield Services citing concerns about human rights inside the offshore asylum seeker camps the company runs for the Australian government, while at least half a dozen other industry funds are conducting a review. Against a backdrop of lower forecast investment returns during the next decade, and increased competition, more funds are seeking to differentiate themselves as responsible custodians of members’ moral principles as well as their money. Read more

By | 2018-01-04T16:13:49+10:00 August 26th, 2015|No Business in Abuse|