Lease agreements for Nauru's main refugee processing centre show that some Nauruan politicians have family members with interests in the 5.6 hectare site, which earns at least $480,000 in rent each year.
Lease agreements for Nauru's main refugee processing centre show that some Nauruan politicians have family members with interests in the 5.6 hectare site, which earns at least $480,000 in rent each year. AAP

Powerful Nauru families benefiting from refugee centre

SOME of Nauru's most powerful families are benefiting financially from the island's multi-million-dollar Australian-funded refugee processing centres.

When Australia and Nauru reopened detention centres on the tiny island nation four years ago, it was pledged that the tens of millions of dollars to be poured into Nauru would offer "a broader benefit" to the community.

While household incomes have improved across the board on Nauru, some locals appear to be benefiting more from the policy than others.

Documents obtained by the ABC show that some Nauruan politicians have family members who own shares in the land on which Regional Processing Centre 3 (RPC3) is located, while relatives of Nauru's Minister of Justice and Border Protection, David Adeang, have secured contracts and high-level jobs at the centre.

Processing centre service provider Broadspectrum stands by its tender assessments, and while the Australian Government is spending tens of millions of dollars redeveloping the site, the Immigration Department said land leases were the responsibility of the Government of Nauru.

ABC


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