Here is an account that has been sent to me which gives details of the realities of our detention system in Nauru.  The person who sent it got it direct from a person who until recently worked in the detention system on Nauru.

  1. Alison [a former detention centre worker: not her real name] says there was a calculated plan to frame asylum seekers in the 2013 riot on Nauru. People were charged but she says there was open discussion about the framing of certain people who were innocent.
  2. All Australian citizens who work on Nauru pay 10% tax to Nauruan government which the Australian government then reimburses you. The Australian government will spend any amount to keep things working.
  3. The Nauruan government regularly sabotages the desalination plant (that supplies the only water) supplied by Australian government and run by Transfield and says unless money is paid it won’t be fixed.
  4. In 2014 an Australian employee of Save the Children was sexually assaulted on Nauru. After this all staff from Transfield and Save the Children were warned not to leave the camp alone – and a sign out procedure was implemented. After this all staff were warned to be careful of sexual violence in Nauru.
  5. The buses, which are driven by Nauruans, are dangerous. Sexual threats have been made by drivers. In addition, the drivers won’t pick staff up and you are regularly left in the night with no means to get back to the camp.
  6. The Australian government pays the Nauruan government for infrastructure development – but there is no evidence of any upgrading, improvements or changes. Everyone knows the money is being pocketed by the Nauruan government members.
  7. Food is regularly delayed for staff and detainees because the Nauruan government regularly fails to pay international shipping tariffs, which the Australian government provide the funds for. The money goes into the pocket of government members.
  8. The camp is on the edge of a working phosphate mine. Trucks go past very day from the mine had dust is spewed into the camp. A huge percentage of staff and detainees have reoccurring skin infections, eye infections but predominantly lung infections. People are chronically sick – staff and detainees. Alison terminated her employment because of recurring lung infections.
  9. The Nauruans have lived for years on the royalties from the phosphate mines and there is endemic social dysfunction. Alcoholism, gambling, domestic violence, sexual abuse. There is no viable means of making an income and most Nauruans don’t work but live on the stipend provided by the government from the phosphate royalties. An agreement was made by Australian government and Nauruan Government that a percentage of Nauruans would be employed at the detention centre. It was a dismal failure. If Nauruans turned up for five days of work, they were paid for six. Absenteeism, walking off the job, abuse of detainees was so common that Nauruans stopped working at the camp.
  10. Transfield staff are told that if they even like a FB page sympathetic to asylum seekers they will be sacked. Alison is besieged by FB requests which she believe are DIBP plants trying to find out if she is involved in pro asylum seeker activities.
  11. In June/July last year the Nauruan government insisted the purchase of cigarettes be implemented at the camp again – after 2 years smoke free. They get the royalties from the purchase of the cigarettes by the Australian government to be distributed in the camps.