The Federal government has announced that security group G4S will no longer run its detention centres on Manus Island and Nauru. Instead the contracts will be awarded to a conglomerate of Australian public transport bodies.
Immigration Minister Scott Morrison said that turning to the public transport sector was “a real no-brainer”.
“Public transport bodies already have large teams of security officers,” said the Minister. “The fact these officers deal with people who have boarded a bus, train or tram illegally only made our choice easier.”
Mr Morrison also praised the public transport sector’s customer service philosophy.
“Public transport operators provide the bare minimum of comfort and nothing more. Our overseas detainees need to be looked after, but not too well.”
The low death rate on Australia’s public transport system was also seen as a plus by the government.
Existing services to remain
Mr Morrison declined to reveal how much the government would be spending on the new contracts but assured Australians that public transport throughout the nation would not be affected.
“The Coalition government has prided itself on never giving more money to public transport bodies than is absolutely needed. Rest assured. Every cent we pay will go towards dealing with illegal arrivals, not towards something as pointless as buses, trains and trams.”
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