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PNG Rejects Work Visa For 46 Fijian Security Guards

Papua New Guinea has rejected an employment visa application for Fijian security guards to work at the controversial Manus Island Detention Centre. PNG Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus
29 Nov 2017 11:57
PNG Rejects Work Visa For 46 Fijian Security Guards
Asylum-seekers look through a fence at the Manus Island detention centre in Papua New Guinea. Photo: ABC

Papua New Guinea has rejected an employment visa application for Fijian security guards to work at the controversial Manus Island Detention Centre.

PNG Minister for Immigration and Border Security, Petrus Thomas announced that the Fijians would not be going there because procedures were not followed.

Mr Thomas said the Fijians were going to take up jobs that Papua New Guineans themselves were capable of carrying out.

Paladin Solutions in Australia had hired 42 Fijians last month after being awarded the contract to provide security on the island by the Australian government.

When contacted yesterday the Fijian agent for Paladin Solutions in Australia would not respond.

The visa application, according to Vilitati Mataitini from the Fiji Office in PNG was done by the PNG branch of Paladin Solutions. No comment could be obtained from Paladin PNG.



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