SERCO: The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

Serco maintains Strayan values by withholding Christmas presents from asylum seekers' kids

From the NT News:

NT News Christmas presents


Soon after that story surfaced, we read this in the Sydney Morning Herald:

SMH asylum seekers

We have an in-principle objection to the out-sourcing of any custodial/human services to the private for-profit sector. One reason is because of the lack of public accountability. Another is the bad track record these companies have in their treatment of those unfortunate enough to come under their jurisdiction, as well as their poor record in the welfare of their own staff.

Remember SERCO’s regrettable predecessors GSL (now GS4)? And Australian Correctional Management ?

These characters change their names like ordinary humans change their socks.

EXCLUSIVE: Our Contract With Serco

If the Government persists for political reasons in wanting to jail asylum seekers, perhaps they should take full responsibility and own their decision. After all, if they are so keen on handing security over to private businesses, then perhaps they’ll next flog off the AFP and the ADF to big business.

Oh wait…


Company profile


Serco is an international service company, which combines commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos.

We improve services by managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. We are both advisors and implementers. Our strategic advice comes from hands-on experience.

We advise policy makers, design innovative solutions, integrate systems and – most of all – deliver front-line services that make a positive difference to customers and communities.

Serco’s paper trailer raises accountability questions

Serco unfit to run centres, say workers

Villawood guards blow whistle on abuses at detention centre

Detention centre company fined $14.8m