20 Sep 2016

Nauru support workers to leave before Christmas after decision not to retender

 By Helen Davidson and Ben Doherty
Are we running out of contractors who want to be involved with detention camps?
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Connect Settlement Services are the latest contractors to withdraw from Australian immigration detention regime.
Connect Settlement Services is believed to have consistently raised concerns about insufficient mental healthcare and child protection services on Nauru.

The company contracted to provide support for refugees and asylum seekers on Nauru will leave the island before Christmas, after deciding it would not retender for the contract.

According to sources on Nauru, representatives of Connect Settlement Services informed all employees – including Nauruans and expatriate staff – and refugees at a meeting on Monday.

A CSS spokesman confirmed the company would leave Nauru and would not tender for any further contracts but declined to comment further.

It is understood the employees were told the services required on Nauru were beyond the capabilities of a settlement agency. The agency is believed to have consistently raised concerns about insufficient mental healthcare and child protection services on the island.

The Nauru files paint a searing picture of the collapse of basic humanity in the detention centre. History is unlikely to be kind to those who endorsed it

Some senior CSS executives are believed to have flown in for the meeting.

It is not known who will take over on 7 December when the CSS contract ends.The organisation took over after Save the Children left in early 2015.

CSS is the latest in a string of offshore processing contractors to withdraw from the controversial Australian regime.

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