Mr Morrison recently indicated he may be open to accepting the deal on the condition they never come to Australia but has since gone cold on the idea despite facing increasing pressure on the issue due to concerns about the health and welfare of the children being detained on Nauru.
Canstruct had been working on Nauru since 2012 but largely on construction and infrastructure projects, but didn’t appear to have any prior experience running welfare services.
On Tuesday evening the Senate voted 33 to 29 against extending the reach of the fast-track process, with Labor, the Greens, Centre Alliance and Tim Storer combining to pass a disallowance motion moved by Greens senator Nick McKim.
If there has been a change in Australian public sentiment about offshore detention, and a commensurate change in the government’s, it has yielded few policy solutions. The government’s commitment to removing children from Nauru by year’s end has been broadly welcomed, but the questions it raises are for now mostly without answers.
The Australian Department of Home Affairs has spent at least $780,000 since July last year responding to court applications for urgent medical transfers, and is continuing a legal challenge to the federal court’s jurisdiction to hear the cases.
TOPSIDE, Nauru — She was 3 years old when she arrived on Nauru, a child fleeing war in Sri Lanka. Now, Sajeenthana is 8.
Her gaze is vacant. Sometimes she punches adults. And she talks about dying with ease.
In dozens of cases, their immediate family members have been left on offshore islands and told that, if they want to be considered for resettlement under the US deal, they must abandon their families, or encourage their families to return to offshore processing, even in defiance of doctors’ advice.
It was significant today that The Australian’s Margin Call column wrote that the contract to manage the offshore processing centre on Nauru at the exorbitant cost of $29 million per month had been extended for another six months.
It was day one of a planned three-month Kids Off Nauru campaign, initiated by World Vision, and it began with Rupert Murdoch’s conservative tabloid newspapers firmly on the bandwagon.
….the welcome transfer of children notwithstanding, the government still has a huge problem to fix. Where will these people ultimately be resettled? Perhaps sensing the prospect of a softening in the prime minister’s office, Tony Abbott has been quick out of the blocks to declare it will N-O-T be in Australia.