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Title

  • Motions Department of Home Affairs: Paladin Contracts
  • Motions - Department of Home Affairs - Paladin Contracts

Description

  • <p class="speaker">Anne Urquhart</p>
  • <p>At the request of Senator Watt, I move:</p>
  • <p class="italic">That the Senate&#8212;</p>
  • The majority voted in favour of a [motion](https://www.openaustralia.org.au/senate/?id=2019-10-16.180.1) relating to the [Paladin contracts](https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-02-18/government-to-be-grilled-over-manus-island-security-contracts/10820268). It was introduced by Tasmanian Senator [Anne Urquhart](https://theyvoteforyou.org.au/people/senate/tasmania/anne_urquhart) (Labor).
  • ### Motion text
  • > *That the Senate—*
  • >
  • > *(a) notes that:*
  • >
  • >> *(i) the Federal Government signed a contract with the company Paladin that originally cost the Australian taxpayer $423 million,*
  • >>
  • >> *(ii) Paladin was granted the contract – worth $20 million a month – without a competitive tender,*
  • >>
  • >> *(iii) when the Federal Government first signed the contract with Paladin, the company was based out of a beach shack on Kangaroo Island,*
  • >>
  • >> *(iv) this contract has been subject to an audit by Ernst & Young, and is currently the subject of an audit by the Auditor-General,*
  • >>
  • >> *(v) the Federal Government extended this contract in June for a further 6 months – increasing the total cost of the contract to the Australian taxpayer to over half a billion dollars, and*
  • >>
  • >> *(vi) this extension was granted despite:*
  • >>
  • >>> *(A) Paladin's managing director being removed from his duties after the firm failed to comply with a direction from the Department of Home Affairs,*
  • >>>
  • >>> *(B) the contract being labelled 'high risk' by Ernst & Young, and*
  • >>>
  • >>> *(C) Paladin being fined more than 3700 times in a 12 month period for failing to meet minimum service standards; and*
  • >
  • > *(b) condemns the Federal Government for their incompetence in handling the Paladin contacts, and their contempt for the Australian taxpayer.*
  • <p class="italic">(a) notes that:</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(i) the Federal Government signed a contract with the company Paladin that originally cost the Australian taxpayer $423 million,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(ii) Paladin was granted the contract – worth $20 million a month – without a competitive tender,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iii) when the Federal Government first signed the contract with Paladin, the company was based out of a beach shack on Kangaroo Island,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(iv) this contract has been subject to an audit by Ernst &amp; Young, and is currently the subject of an audit by the Auditor-General,</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(v) the Federal Government extended this contract in June for a further 6 months – increasing the total cost of the contract to the Australian taxpayer to over half a billion dollars, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">&#160;&#160;(vi) this extension was granted despite:</p>
  • <p class="italic">(A) Paladin's managing director being removed from his duties after the firm failed to comply with a direction from the Department of Home Affairs,</p>
  • <p class="italic">(B) the contract being labelled 'high risk' by Ernst &amp; Young, and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(C) Paladin being fined more than 3700 times in a 12 month period for failing to meet minimum service standards; and</p>
  • <p class="italic">(b) condemns the Federal Government for their incompetence in handling the Paladin contacts, and their contempt for the Australian taxpayer.</p>
  • <p class="speaker">Sue Lines</p>
  • <p>The question is that general business notice of motion No. 194 standing in the name of Senator Watt be agreed to.</p>