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To catch a thief: detention deceit

Well some are illegal, and some are not wanted,
Our work contract's out and we've got to move on;
Six hundred miles to that Mexico border,
They chase us like outlaws, like rustlers, like thieves.
            - 'Deportee' by Woody Guthrie

Screen Shot 2016-04-06 at 10.51.07 pm.pngHow did current Immigration Minister, Peter Dutton, and current Treasurer, Scott Morrison,  keep secret the illegal bribery by the owners of Wilson Security while the Australian government was signing contracts for offshore detention of asylum seekers? In 2010, the Kwok brothers, both owners of Wilson Security, were charged with bribery of public officials in Hong Kong and Thomas Kwok was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail in 2014.

One activists writes: “Wilson Security is contracted to lock people up on Manus Island and Nauru, but also has security contracts at major educational institutions, including the Queensland University of Technology, the University of Melbourne and the University of New South Wales (all listed as “key clients”). It is also a subsidiary of Wilson Parking, which has hundreds of commercial parking lots around the country. “

Yet a worker employer at QUT by Wilson Security says that it’s industrial record is better than predecessors, Chubb and MSS.

Wilson Security is a subcontractor of Transfield Services (now Broadspectrum), and provides security refugee detention centres on Nauru (since late 2012) and Manus Island (since February 2014).

The ABC program Four Corners claims that Wilson’s also have contracts with the Australian Tax Office and Department of Defence. It turns out that the Tax Office has been investigating tax avoidance schemes by companies like Wilson’s for some years now. Deputy Commissioner, Mark Konza, says that the ATO is currently going through the Panama Papers but claims that it already knew about much of the material from other sources.

The ‘Panama Papers‘ reveal that Wilson Security operate out of the Akara building on 24 Castro Street in the British Virgin Islands. The legal firm, Mossack Fonseca, involved in international corruption and money laundering for the rich and criminal, operates out of the same building in this small Caribbean tax haven.

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Headquarters of Mossak Fonseca and business address of Wilson Security at 24 Castro Street, Brtish Virgin Islands

The ultimate owners of Wilson Security are billionaire businessmen Thomas and Raymond Kwok, two brothers from Hong Kong.

In 2010, both were were charged with bribery of public officials in Hong Kong and Thomas was convicted and sentenced to five years in jail in 2014.

By then, the Australian government had awarded Wilson Security  government contracts worth more than $400M to lock up refugees including children on the remote equatorial island of Nauru.

These two brothers use a post office box in the tax haven of the British Virgin Islands to enable Wilson Security to avoid paying tax in Australia or anywhere else.

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Scott Morrison being challenged by Refugee Rights Activist.

We need to look more closely at what companies and which boards of directors profit most from the misery of refugees and why states like Australia pay millions to lock up people seeking asylum.

Ian Curr
6 April 2016

References
The secrets of the super rich, Four Corners ABC 4 April 2016.

Self-Proclaimed Victories at a Comfortable Distance: Fighting for Refugee Rights

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