Canstruct International to run services on Nauru

The federal government has awarded a lucrative contract running refugee facilities on Nauru to a Queensland-based engineering firm, despite the company having no experience in providing refugee services.

Canstruct International Pty Ltd has won the $8 million contract to run “garrison and welfare services” from November 1.

The move has been slammed by human rights groups.

Amnesty International accused Canstruct of taking up a “toxic contract” that profits from the abuse of asylum seekers.

Keren Adams from the Human Rights Law Centre said: “It is particularly appalling that the contract has been awarded to an engineering company with zero experience dealing with vulnerable people.”

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